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Offline TonyYoung

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Re: Folk songs of and about Kent
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2014, 05:50:45 »
The Nutting Girl

Lyrics

Now come all you jovial fellows, come listen to me song.
 It is a little ditty and it won't contain you long.
 It's of a fair young damsel, oh she lived down in Kent,
 Arose one summer's morning and she a-nutting went.
Chorus (after each verse):With my fal-lal to my ral-tal-lal
 Whack-fol-the-dear-ol-day
 And what few nuts that poor girl had
 She threw them all away.
Now it's of a brisk young farmer, was a-ploughing of his land,
 He called unto his horses to bid them gently stand.
 As he sat down upon his plough all for a song to sing,
 His voice was so melodious, it made the valleys ring.

Now it's of this brisk young damsel, was nutting in the wood,
 His voice was so melodious, it charmed her as she stood.
 She could no longer stay and what few nuts she had, poor girl,
 She threw them all away.

Well she then came to young Johnny as he sat on his plough,
 Said she, “Young man I really feel I cannot tell you how.”
So he took her to some shady broom and there he laid her down,
 Said she, “Young man, I think I feel the world go round and round.”

So come all you young women, this warning by me take,
 Oh, if you should a-nutting go, don't stay out too late.
 For if you should stay too late for to hear that ploughboy sing,
 You might have a young farmer to nurse up in the spring


History

From the Ballad Index http://www.fresnostate.edu/folklore/ballads/K186.html
DESCRIPTION: A young girl goes out to gather nuts. A farmer stops plowing and begins to sing. The girl hears his sweet voice, and "what nuts she had got, poor girl, she threw them all away." They lie together, then go their ways. The song warns girls against dallying
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1895; tune 1792 (Bunting)

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The version above was sung by John Kirkpatrick on the album 'Morris On' released in June 1972
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Offline TonyYoung

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Folk songs of and about Kent
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2014, 05:43:23 »
After looking at the Hop-picking photos at
http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=11162.0


I added this post about the folk song 'Hopping Down in Kent'
http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=11162.msg152571#msg152571

so any more 'Kentish' folk songs out there?

I will be adding a few over the next couple of days
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