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If You Will Walk With Me

[ Roud 573 ; VWML AW/6/52 ; Bodleian BodR354 ; Wiltshire 127 ; trad.]

If You Will Walk With Me was collected by Alfred Williams at Tetbury, of Mrs Russell, late of Crudwell. It was published in his book Folk Songs of the Upper Thames (1923) in which he commented: “The version is evidently of great age, and a good specimen.”

Rosie Hood recorded If You Will Walk With Me as a bonus track for the Kickstarter supporters of her 2017 RootBeat CD, The Beautiful & the Actual.

Lyrics

Rosie Hood sings If You Will Walk With Me

[Youth:] “My dear, I will give you a fine beaver hat,
Four red feathers, and a streamer down your back,
If you will walk, walk with me, my dear,
If you will walk with me.”

[Maiden:] “I will not accept your fine beaver hat,
Four red feathers, and a streamer down my back,
Neither will I walk, walk with you, my dear,
Neither will I walk with you.”

[Youth:] “My dear, I will give you a hundred yards of silk,
That you may have a train along the ground,
If you will walk, walk with me, my dear,
If you will walk with me.”

[Maiden:] “I will not accept your hundred yards of silk,
That I may have a train along the ground,
Neither will I walk, walk with you, my dear,
Neither will I walk with you.”

[Youth:] “My dear, I will give you a coach and six,
Six black horses as black as any pitch,
If you will walk, walk with me, my dear,
If you will walk with me.”

[Maiden:] “I will not accept your coach and six,
Six black horses as black as any pitch,
Neither will I walk, walk with you, my dear,
Neither will I walk with you.”

[Youth:] “My dear, I will give you the keys of my heart,
To lock us together that we may never part.
If you will walk, walk with me, my dear,
If you will walk with me.”

[Maiden:] “Then I will accept the keys of your heart,
To lock us together that we may never part.
And will I walk, walk with you, my dear,
And I will walk with you.”