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Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
15-Nov-04 - 11:14 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: An Acre of Land
Subject: Lyr Add: A YACRE OF LAND (trad. Yorkshire)
Lyr. Add: A YACRE OF LAND
(Child #2, coll. Yorkshire)

My father he left me a yacre of land,
Yacre of land, yacre of land,
My father he left me a yacre of land
On Christmas day in the morning.

I ploughed it with an old *stack plod,
Old stack plod, old stack plod,
I ploughed it with an old stack plod,
On Christmas day in the morning.

I harrowed it with a bunch of briars......

I sowed it with a peppercorn......

I reaped it with an old **tup's horn ......

I laid it on a bumble bee's back ......

I threshed it with a wimble*** straw ......

I flayed it with a butterfly's wing ......

I sold it all for one pound ten ......

* stack (or stock) plow. ** ram's horn. *** an instrument for boring in soft ground, an auger.

With music, p. 1, sung by Mr. Greenwood, The Duncombe Arms, Westerdale, Yorkshire, 13 July 1904.
Imogen Holst and Ursula Vaughan Williams, 1961, "A Yacre of Land, Sixteen Folk-Songs from the Manuscript Collection of Ralph Vaughan Williams." Oxford University Press, London.