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Song TitleTwankydillo
Roud No.2409
Collected FromJohnson, John
LocationBishopstone
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 373
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 4th March, 1916, p 3, Part 21, No. 4: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 166
RecordingRecorded in the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Batcombe, Somerset with the kind permission of the Church Wardens, 30th August 2011.
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Here's a health to the blacksmith, the best of all fellows!
He works at his anvil while the boy blows the bellows;
Which makes my bright hammer to rise and to fall;
Here's to old Cole, and to young Cole, and the old Cole of all!

Chorus

Twankydillo, twankydillo, twankydillo, dillo, dillo, dillo;
A roaring pair of bagpipes made of the green willow;
Willow, willow, willow, willow; willow, willow, willow, willow;
A roaring pair of bagpipes made of the green willow.

Verse 2

If a gentleman brings in his horse for to shoe,
He makes no denial of one pot or two,
Which makes my bright hammer to rise and to fall;
Here's to old Cole, and to young Cole, and the old Cole of all!

Chorus

Verse 3

Here's a health to King George, and likewise his Queen!
And to all the little royal ones wherever they are seen!
Which makes my bright hammer to rise and to fall;
Here's to old Cole, and to young Cole, and the old Cole of all!

Chorus

Verse 4
Here's a health to the pretty maid with the lily white frock,
Who's a heart that is true, and as firm as a rock!
Which makes my bright hammer to rise and to fall;
Here's to old Cole, and to young Cole, and the old Cole of all!

Chorus
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms: “A very old blacksmiths song. It probably dates from the seventeenth century, if it is not earlier, and it figures in several collections. I first heard it at Hinton Parva, on the edge of the Wiltshire Downs. I also met with it at Crudwell. In each case it was sung by the son of a blacksmith; the first version by John Johnson of Hinton Parva; and the second and more complete by Sam Hinder, of Crudwell, Wiltshire.”

Williams, Alfred: WGS: “A very old blacksmiths song. It probably dates from the seventeenth century, if it is not earlier, and it figures in several collections. I first heard it at Hinton Parva, on the edge of the Wiltshire Downs. I also met with it at Crudwell. In each case it was given me by the son of a blacksmith; the first version by John Johnson of Hinton Parva; and the second and more complete by Sam Hinder, of Crudwell, Wiltshire.”

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: “A very old blacksmiths song. It probably dates from the seventeenth century, if it is not earlier, and it figures in several collections. I first heard it at Hinton Parva, on the edge of the Wiltshire Downs. I also met with it at Crudwell. In each case it was sung by the son of a blacksmith. Version by Sam Hinder, of Crudwell, Wiltshire.”

Note 2

The Hinton Parva version lacks the final verse of this one, and in the chorus, instead of a “Roaring pair of bagpipes” etc., we find “He that drinks strong beer is a hearty good fellow” and “He that likes a pretty girl is a hearty good fellow”.

Note 3

Hinton Parva is in the civil parish of Bishopstone.

Note 4

The tune used for the recording is fairly common. The text as printed appears to be a contraction. The chorus has been amended to fit hte music. My thanks to Bob Jesshop without whose assistance this would not have been possible.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2011.

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