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Next Monday Morning / Tuesday Morning

[ Roud 579 ; Ballad Index ShH38 ; trad.]

Next Monday Morning is a song from the repertoire of Norfolk singer Harry Cox. Peter Kennedy recorded him singing this song at home in Catfield, Norfolk, in October 1953. This recording was included in 1965 on his EFDSS LP Traditional English Love Songs.

Frank Purslow and John Pearse sang Monday Morning on their 1960 album Rap-a-Tap-Tap: English Folk Songs Miss Pringle Never Taught Us.

Eliza Carthy sang this song as Tuesday Morning in 1998 on her album Rice accompanying herself on fiddle and with Ed Boyd playing guitar and Saul Rose playing one-row accordion.

Kieron Means sang this song as The Farmer's Daughter in 2006 on his Fellside CD Far As My Eyes Can See.


Harry Cox sings Next Monday Morning

As I was a-walking, one morning in spring
I heard a fair damsel, so sweetly did sing.
As she was a-milking, when this she did sing,
“I 'm going to get married next Monday morning.”

“O where is your dwelling, fair maid,” I recall.
“I dwell in yon house, I'm the fairest of all.
I dwell in yon cot at the foot of yon hill
And I'm going to get married next Monday morning.”

“O fifteen years old is to young for to marry,
A year or two longer, I'll have you now tarry.
For young men are false, their vows to fulfil
So put off your wedding next Monday morning.”

“O you talk like a man without sense, without skill!
Three years now I've tarried against my own will,
I have made a vow that I mean to fulfil
I'm going to get married next Monday morning.

“So next Sunday night, I mean to prepare
To comb out my locks and to curl up my hair
And six pretty fair maids, so neat and so trim
Shall dance at my wedding next Monday morning.

“So next Monday night when I go to my bed
So close to my true-love I will lay my head.
If a maid I remain when I rise again
I shall wish I had never a-seen Monday morning.

“So next Monday morn when I put on my rings
Now my husband he gave me two far finer things.
Two precious jewels he gave my adorning,
So I be his bride next Monday morning.”

Eliza Carthy sings Tuesday Morning

As I walked out one morning in spring
To view the birds and the nightingales sing
I heard a maiden so sweetly did sing, saying,
“I shall be married on Tuesday morning.”

I stepped up to her and this I did say,
“Pray tell me your name and where do you belong?”
“I belong to the sign of the Bonny Bluebell,
My age is sixteen and you know very well.”

I said, “Sixteen years is too young to marry,
The other five years, love, I hardly tarry.”
“Well, you talk like a man without any skill,
Five years I have tarried against my own will.”

“On Monday night, it is all my care
To powder my nose and to curl my hair,
And two pretty maidens to wait on me there
To dance at my wedding on Tuesday morning.”

“My husband will give me a guinea gold ring
And at night he will give me a far better thing.
With two precious jewels he'll be me adorning
When I am his bride on Tuesday morning.”

As I walked out one morning in spring
To view the birds and the nightingales sing
I heard a maiden so sweetly did sing, saying,
“Good morning, fair maidens, on Wednesday morning.”


Transcribed from the singing of Eliza Carthy by Kira White. Thanks from Garry Gillard. Thanks also to Steve Willis for further suggestions.