|Author||Topic: Add: A-Nutting we will Go [The Nutting Girl]|
|dmcg||Posted - 07 Mar 03 - 12:54 pm|
A-Nutting we will Go [The Nutting Girl]
Come all you jolly fellows and listen to my song,
It is a little ditty and it won't detain you long.
It's of a brisk young damsel who lived down in Kent,
And she rose up one morning and she a-nutting went
Then a-nutting we will go, a-nutting we will go,
With a blue cockade all in our hats we'll cut a gallant show.
Now it's of a brisk young ploughboy a-ploughing of his land
He spoke unto his horses and gently bid them stand.
Then he sat down upon his plough and he began to sing,
And he sanf melodiously it made the valleys ring.
It's of this brisk young damsel a-nutting in the wood,
He sung so melodiously it charm'd her as she stood;
She had no longer any power in that lonely wood to stat,
And what few nuts she had, poor girl, she threw them all away.
Then she came to young Johnny as he sat on his plough,
And said, "Young man, I really feel I cannot tell you how."
So he took her to some shady grove and gently laid her down,
She said, "Young man, I think I see the world go round and round."
Then Johnny went back to his plough to finsih of his song,
He said, "My pretty damsel, your mama will think it wrong."
But as they walk'd across the fields she on his arm did lean,
She said "Young man, I'd like to see the world go round again."
Now all you brisk young maidens, attend unto my rhyme,
If you should a-nutting go, I pray get home in time;
For if you should stay too late and hear the ploughboys sing.
Perhaps a young ploughboy you may get to nurse up in the Spring.
Source: Purslow, F, (1972), The Constant Lovers, EDFS, London
Frank Purslow's notes are:
I presume the 'recent gramophone record' referred to is "Morris On!"
Database entry is here.
Edited By dmcg - 07/03/2003 12:59:53
||Posted - 08 Mar 03 - 03:12 pm|
A popular song, persisting in tradition to the present day. Though found mainly in England, there are several Scottish examples in the Greig-Duncan collection, and it has turned up in the USA. A set recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Central Valley, California on December 26, 1938 can be heard at The WPA California Folk Music Project:
A-nutting we will go. Warde Ford, unaccompanied vocals.
There are a good few broadside editions at Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads:
The nut girl
To the tune of The nut girl:
Opening of new Smithfield market
|Mr Happy||Posted - 08 Mar 03 - 03:34 pm|
the above versions seem to have no chorus.
The refrain I know goes:
'with my fal lal, Timmy Wright fal lal,
Whack full the deer all day,
And what few nuts that poor girl had,
She threw them all away'
(from the sining of Fred Jordan)