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Glastonbury Town

[ Roud 1484 ; trad.]

Chris Foster recorded this song for his 1977 Topic album Layers. He was accompanied by Nic Jones on fiddle.

Lyrics

As I was walking down Glastonbury Street
The windows were all made of clay
There I beheld a fair pretty maid
All in the casement lay

Chorus (after each verse):
To my ri fol di lol di lol diddle dol day

“Come down, come down, you pretty fair maid,
Come down this moment to me:
There's fifty bright guineas I'll freely give you
One night with me for to lie.”

“Well I can't come down, kind sir,” she said,
“For me father is standing by,
Or else I would this moment come down
One night with you for to lie.”

Not long after, as you shall hear,
Her father went far from home.
When he returned from his journey again,
Poor girl she looked pale and wan.

“What is the matter my pretty fair maid?
What is the matter with thee?
Have you had any heart sickness
Or been lying with any young man?”

“Well, I've not had any heart sickness,
Or been lying with any young man.
I have took it to my heart
You've been so long from home.”

Twelve month after, as you shall hear,
The young farmer come riding by.
“You know, kind sir, this child's by you,
And the same you cannot deny.”

“Well, if you are with a child, me love,
The child is nothing of mine -
Unless you can tell me the where and when
The very same hour and time.”

“Well, I can tell you the where and when,
The very same hour and time:
It was all under my father's rose bush
And the clock it was striking nine.”

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Garry Gillard.