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Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleTo Holland we were bound
Roud No.811
Collected FromMessenger, Charles
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 66
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 15th April, 1916, p 3, Part 27, No. 8
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Come, all you wild young men, a warning take by me,
Never let your mind go astray into a far countree;
To Holland we were bound, to beat them was our intent,
Our officers were on board, and soon we were sent.

Verse 2

As we were sailing along, the very first thing we did spy,
Was a bold seamen French ship of war and they were our enemy;
Our deck they were soon sprinkled with blood, and with vengeance loud cannons did roar,
And I wished myself back safe at home, with my own dearest Polly once more.

Verse 3

She's a tall and a clever youth, with a black and a rolling eye,
It's here I am bleeding on deck, all for her sweet sake I must die;
O had I wings like a dove, all up in the air I would steer!
I would search the wide world over until I'd found my Polly dear.
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Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'This dates from the eighteenth century, and refers to one of our continental wars of the period. I obtained the words of Charles Messenger, Cerney Wick.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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