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Dol-li-a

[ Roud 2611 ; Ballad Index StoR086 ; trad.]

Louis Killen sang Dol-li-a unaccompanied in 1972 on the Topic EP Northumbrian Garland: Songs from the North-East and the Border. This was also included in 1968 on the Topic LP (and in 1998 CD) Along the Coaly Tyne: Old and New Northumbrian Songs.

The Tees-side Fettlers sang Dol-li-a in 1974 on their Tradition album Ring of Iron; this track was also included in 2002 on the anthology Enlist for a Soldier: The Soldier in Song from the English Civil War to the Falklands.

Martin Carthy recorded Dol-li-a in 1987 for the BBC charity cassette The Children in Need Album.

Bob Fox & Stu Luckley sang Dollia in 1997 on their Fellside CD Box of Gold.

Ushna sang Dol-li-a in 1998 on their Fellside CD Twice Brewed: Music and Song from the Heart of Northumbria.

The Queensberry Rules sang Dol-li-a in 2008 on their Fellside CD Landlocked.

Hannah James and Sam Sweeney sang this song as Dolly in 2012 on their second duo album, State and Ancientry. They commented in their liner notes:

Dolly, often known as Dollia, is a popular Tyneside song from the eighteenth century about a girl from Sandgate called Dolly Coxon. Whether she is of a dubious profession or merely happens to fall for a soldier is never quite made clear. The two regiments referred to in the song are the North Yorks Militia, “The Black Cuffs” and the 23rd Ulster Dragoons, “The Green Cuffs”.

Lyrics

Martin Carthy sings Dol-li-a Hannah James & Sam Sweeney sing Dolly

I've come by Sandgate Street, Dol-li, Dol-li
My best friends I did meet, Dol-li-a

Fresh I've come from Sandgate Street, Dol-li, Dol-li
My best friend for to meet, Dol-li-o

Chorus (repeated after each verse):
Dol-li de-dillen-dol, Dol-li, Dol-li
Dol-li de-dillen-dol, Dol-li-a

Chorus (repeated after each verse):
Dol-li de-dillen-dol, Dol-li, Dol-li
Dol-li de-dillen-dol, Dol-li-o

Black Cuffs is gone away, Dol-li, Dol-li
That'll be a crying day, Dol-li-a

The Green Cuffs is coming in, Dol-li, Dol-li
That'll make the lasses sing, Dol-li-o

Dolly Coxon's pawned her socks, Dol-li, Dol-li
To ride upon a baggage cart, Dol-li-a

Dolly Coxon's pawned her socks, Dol-li, Dol-li
For to ride the baggage cart, Dol-li-o

Green Cuffs is coming in, Dol-li, Dol-li
And that'll make the lasses grin, Dol-li-a

The Black Cuffs is gone away, Dol-li, Dol-li
That'll be a crying day, Dol-li-o

I've come by Sandgate Street, Dol-li, Dol-li
My best friends I did meet, Dol-li-a