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The Hexhamshire Lass

[ Roud 3182 ; Ballad Index StoR064 ; trad., lyrics from the singing of Bob Davenport]

Originally on of the finest tracks from Fairport Convention's album Nine with Jerry Donahue, Trevor Lucas, Dave Mattacks, Dave Pegg and Dave Swarbrick (vocals), this track was re-released on the double CD compilation Meet On The Ledge: The Classic Years 1967-1975.

There are lots of live recordings:

  1. A live performance recorded on January 26, 1974 at the Sydney Opera House was available on the first “official bootleg cassette” The Airing Cupboard Tapes in 1981 and reissued on CD in 2002.
  2. A live recording of May 1974 at Ebbets Field, Denver, Colorado was released in 2002 on the bonus CD of Before The Moon.
  3. One more, with Dave Swarbrick at Amazing Grace, Chicago, in 1975 was included in the Dave Swarbrick anthology Swarb! in 2003.
  4. A live recording probably from October 31, 1975 at Brunel University, Uxbridge is on the CD Who Knows? The Woodworm Archives Vol. 1.
  5. A 1976 Capitol Radio performance with the short-lived Bradfy / Burridge / Ar Bras line-up can be found on the Fairport unConventioNal 4 CD set.
  6. One more live recording from Cropredy 1982 was released on the double cassette A.T. 2 in 1983 and reissued in 2000 on the 4 CD set A.T. 2 / The Boot.

Lyrics

Away with the buff and the blue, and away with the cap and feather;
I want to see my lass who lives in Hexhamshire.

Chorus (after each verse):
Off to the Sadie Syke and over the moss and the mire
I want to see my lass who lives in Hexhamshire

Her father loves her well, her mother loves her dearer;
I love her better than the both but man, I can't get near her.

If only I could be lying there aside her
While I watched my dear my arms would be denied her.

Her skin is like the silk and her hair is like the silver
Her breast are deep but full, they'll fall when I get near her

Of this love of mine, of this love I am weary;
Sleep I can't get none for thinking of my dearie

Away with the parson's shilling and away with the cap and feather
I want to see my lass who lives in Hexhamshire

(4 instrumental verses)

(Repeat first verse.)