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Down in the West Country

Found in Hammond_MS_5_without_midi.txt from the Folkopedia abc collection
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Down in the West Country England = 45 4 3 ( ) Transcribed from HAM-02-243.gif - Hammond's field notes. Words below from HAM-02-018.gif - Hammond's field notes. The MIDI file HAM-05-33-03.mid contains two verses, the second using the alternative notes. Down in the W. Country there lived a young couple A man & a maid so gallant and gay Longtime they had courted but never talked of marriage Till at length the young damsel to her true love did say "Come, come tell to me what is it you do mean For of courting I am weary, resolved for to marry Or else from your company I must refrain" "Oh! Madam, I tell you I do love you dearly And above all things your company I requite But before I do leave you, I must tell you plainly I must forsake your sweet company quite For when a man's wed, his joys are all fled He's bound from liberty, tied to all slavery So I've a mind to go free & not wed" Then she wrote to her true love a charming rich letter To come to her wedding on the 19th of June And that he might do instead of a better To wait at the table all on the bridegroom. A few lines he read, his head did quite bleed His mirth was soon turned to sorrow & mourning Crying out 'Foolish, I have lost her indeed www.abcnotation.com/tunes

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