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wildlone Lyr Req: 'walking round Dorset.' (18) Lyr Add: COURTING ROUND DORSET (from The Yetties) 08 Feb 03

This is the version that the Yetties sing

1 (Tune 1)
When I was young, I went courting round Dorset
A pretty young maid with a delicate touch,
And rashly I promised Id follow her anywhere,
Well, I never thought she'd like walking so much.

2 (Tune 1)
She said, "Meet me this evening in Charmouth at seven,
Across the green meadows to Beaminster we'll stroll."
But when I got to Charmouth, she'd popped into Bridport,
And a rope maker told me she'd gone to Puncknowle.

3 (Tune 2)
Eypes Mouth and Abbotsbury, Winterbourne Steepleton,
I limped into Dorchester weary and lame.
I thought she might wait, but I was too late.
She'd gone off with a milkman to Winterbourne Came.

4 (Tune 1)
I met her next evening by Fontmell Crosstree.
She was fresh as a daisy. I was stiff as a board.
She said, "Let's go up the hill to Tarrant Gunville,
And a drink in the Bugle Horn shall be your reward."

5 (Tune 2)
Oh! Blow that old Bugle Horn, she rushed on to Hinton,
Then Monkton and Keyneston and Spetisbury as well.
As I crawled into Blandford, she called in at Hanford,
And courted a clubman on Hambledon Hill.

6 (Tune 1)
We went to Corfe Castle. Round the ruins we rambled.
She held my hand tight as the sun slipped away.
I was ready for kissing, but off she went missing,
To Kimmericige, Lulworth and Worbarrow Bay.

7 (Tune 2)
I made her a gift of two lovely wool jumpers.
I begged her to wear 'em but still she'd not stop.
Studland, Sandbanks, the ferry to Brownsea--
She said, "Let's go to Ashmore", and down I did drop.

8 (Tune 1)
At Christmas to Sherborne I took her shopping,
But she sloped off to Thorncornbe and Melbury Bubb,
Then Corscombe, Mosterton, Toller Porcorum,
At Newton, my maiden ran straight past the pub.

9 (Tune 1)
She flew on to Batcombe, Up Cerne and Duntish.
When I went to Pulham, she climbed Woolland Hill.
As I paddled the Piddle, she went to Purce Caundle,
With a cove from the navy they call Portland Bill.

10 (Tune 1)
She said, "Men are feeble. To walk they ain't able.
All over Dorset I've led you a dance.
"My dear," I says nicely, "Please don't deride me.
If you want to ramble, give me one more chance."

11 (Tune 1)
I said, "Let's start at Shaftesbury, then Marnhull and Manston.
I'll meet you on Bulbarrow Hill if you like."
She was off like the wind but I just sat and grinned,
'Cos in Hazelbury Bryan I'd hidden my bike.

12 (Tune 2)
When she got to Bulbarrow, I was in Stalbridge.
I put ad in the paper saying, "Meet me in Leigh".
When she got to Durweston, I popped the question
Saying, "Stand still a minute and please marry I.

13 (Tune 1)
We honeymooned in Bedchester, lived cosy at Warmwell.
I told her Id won her. She said, "None of your lip.
I could see you were cheatin'. A girl can't be beaten
By a chap who goes walking in bicycle clips."

14 (Tune 2)
We moved to Long Bredy and raised a large family.
The high hills of Dorset together we roam.
And I know before long, when they grow fine and strong,
Our children will ramble away from their home.

T Laycock
Recorded on:
Cassette Looking for the Sunshine - Conifer MCRR 502
CD Looking for the Sunshine Conifer CDRR502

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