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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleTo milk in the valley below
Roud No.371
Collected FromHead, Ephraim
LocationSouth Marston
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 494
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 16th October, 1915, p 2, Part 3, No. 5: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, p 45
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Oh, Nancy, my heart!
Don't you hear the sweet lark?
Don't you hear the sweet nightingale sing?
Don't you hear the fond tale
Of the sweet nightingale,
How she sings in the valley below?
How she sings in the valley below?

Verse 2

Oh, Nancy, don't fail!
May I carry your pail?
May I carry your pail to the cow?
But the maid she replied,
'I'll not walk by your side,
To milk in the valley below,
To milk in the valley below.'

Verse 3

'Now sit yourself down
All on this cold ground,
I'll do you no harm, I avow.'
But the more she was afraid
For to walk by his side,
Or to milk in the valley below,
Or to milk in the valley below.

Verse 4

This couple agreed,
They were married with speed,
They were married the very next day;
Now no more she is afraid
To walk by his side,
Or to milk in the valley below,
Or to milk in the valley below.
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS / FSUT: 'Obtained at Castle Eaton, and corrected at South Marston, Wiltshire, where it was the favourite of Ephraim Head, the village shoemaker. I have not heard it except about the centre of the Upper Thames Valley.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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