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Rank Origin: The Ploughboy and the Cockney (8) Lyr Add: THE PLOUGHBOY AND THE COCKNEY 04 Apr 02


The following song is on Summer Solstice by Tim Hart and Maddy Prior: Crest 12 1971. Does anyone have any information regarding the origins of the song?


THE PLOUGHBOY AND THE COCKNEY

It's of a London cockney, I now will relate.
He went into the country, to find himself a mate.
He went into the country, to find himself a mate.

He rode and he rode until he come to some public town,
And there he unlighted to drink at the Crown,
And there he unlighted to drink at the Crown.

A beautiful damsel he there did espy,
Which caused him to tarry and there for to buy,
Which caused him to tarry and there for to buy.

He said, "My fair damsel, if you will be mine,
Then all the gold and silver I have shall be thine,
Then all the gold and silver I have shall be thine."

But a ploughboy was standing by and hearing him say so.
He said, "My London cockney, I know what I know."
He said, "My London cockney, I know what I know.

"We will take up our arrows and go fight in the field.
We'll fight a good battle and gain her goodwill.
We'll fight a good battle and gain her goodwill."

And when he said this, he gave him such a blow.
"Oh now, me London cockney, you know what I know.
Oh now, me London cockney, you know what I know.

"Oh it never shall be said, all on the plough-bench,
That a ploughboy was not willing to fight for his wench.
That a ploughboy was not willing to fight for his wench."

"Oh, carry me to London and there let me die,
Don't let me die here, in a strange country.
Don't let me die here, in a strange country."


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