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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleThere is a tavern in the town
Roud No.60
Collected FromLee, Lucy Jane Mrs.
LocationSouth Marston
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 497
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 26th February, 1916, p 3, Part 20, No. 10
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

There is a tavern in yonder town,
Where my young man is sitting down;
He takes a another girl on his knee,
And don't you think it's a grief to me?

Verse 2

A grief to me, I'll tell you for why,
Because she has got more gold than I;
Her gold will fade, her beauty will die,
And she'll become a poor girl like I.

Verse 3

Her father came home, one stormy night,
And asked him for his daughter bright;
He went upstairs and opened the door,
And saw her hanging from a cord.

Verse 4

He took a knife and cut her down,
And in her bosom a note he found;
And on this note these words were wrote -
"My sweetheart knows that my heart is broke.

Verse 5

Dig me a grave, so long and deep,
And bury me under the lilies so sweet;
Put on my grave a turtle dove,
To show the world that I died in love."
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms: 'There is another song with this title, and which still enjoys some popularity: it is to be met with in modern song books and collections of 'country songs'. There is no doubt but that this is the original version. The air is sweet and well suits the words of the song. I remember hearing it sung at the first harvest home I attended at South Marston, when I was eight years of age. Words obtained of Mrs George Lee, South Marston, Wiltshire.'

Williams, Alfred: WGS: 'There is another song with this title, and which still enjoys some popularity: it is to be met with in modern song books and collections of 'Camp Songs'. There is no doubt but that this is the original version. The air is sweet and well suits the words of the song. I remember hearing it sung at the first harvest home I attended at South Marston, when I was eight years of age. Words obtained of Mrs George Lee, South Marston, Wiltshire.'

Note 2

In WGS the text in Verse 1 Line 2 is:

Where my true love is sitting down;

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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