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GUEST,John Lyr Req: Thrashing Machine: 'I knew a farmer...' (21) RE: Lyr Req: Thrashing Machine: 'I knew a farmer...' 27 Jul 18

Away down in Somerset, or so I hear tell,
There lived a young lassie, her name it was Nell;
Oh, high, wide and handsome, and just seventeen,
And she longed for a ride on my Threshing machine.

I can't remember where I learnt this version, but it is similar to the Rugby derivatives already quoted.

Were way down in Dorset or so I heard tell,
There live an old farmer with a daughter called Nell,
Her were wide fair and handsome and only seventeen,
And her long for a ride on my Threshing machine.

Well one summer evening in the merry month of June,
When most of the farmers were a looking at the moon,
I said "Come to the barn, Nell, where us won't be seen
And I'll show you the works of my threshing machine."

She opened the barn doors and there stood here dream,
She worked the throttle whilst I worked up steam,
'twer wond'rous to see both the thrust and the drive
And when her come out twas more dead than alive.

Well the flywheels and pistons were going around,
When out of the steam whistle cone an 'orrible sound;
I reached down me hand for to cut off the steam,
But the chaff had been blown from my threshing machine.

Well three months have passed and all is not well,
For something has happened to my little Nell
Under her apron can plainly be seen,
The results of her riding my threshing machine.

Well nine months has passed and all is now well,
A son has been born to my little Nell
And under his apron can plainly be seen
A brand new two cylinder threshing machine.

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