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Tom and Harry went to plough,
Dillom down dillom,
As Tom and Harry went to plough,
Quidly quo quam,
As Tom and Harry went to plough,
They saw a fair maid on a bough,
Kamberly quo, quoddle dam,
Quidly quo quam.

"Why do ye, fair maid, sit so high
That no young man can you come nigh?"

The fair maid unto them did say
"If you can fetch me down you may.

There is a wild boar in the wood
If he comes out he'll suck your blood!"

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The wild boar came with such a sound
That rocks and hills and trees fell down.

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Source: Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, Dec 1936

Anne Gilchrist wrote:

This very curious and interesting old ballad, with its fragmentary text, was discovered in a batch of MSS, sent to me by Miss Ethel Kidson, niece of the late Frank Kidson, who almost from its beginning was one of the editorial committee of the Folk-Song Society and a well-known musical antiquary and collector of folk-songs. Miss Kidson asked me to go through the bundle and see what might be worthy of preservation, and the present selection has been the result. This ballad is not in Mr Kidson's own handwriting and I surmise that it had been sent to him by some correspondent, a good many years ago, as the ink is brown and faded. All efforts to trace the sender by the music-script and handwriting have failed.

She later mentions various other names - chiefly from America - associated with the song; Bangry, Bangum and the Boar; Bangry Rewey; Old Bangem; Bingham, etc.

Roud: 29 (Search Roud index at VWML)
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