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Posted By: Bernard
15-Apr-08 - 11:34 AM
Thread Name: Law Officers in Songs &Children's Rhymes
Subject: RE: Law Officers in Songs &Children's Rhymes
On the croft, on the croft,
Where we played pitch and toss
And a copper come and chased us away
So I 'it 'im on the 'ead
With a bloody big lump of lead
And the slimy little bugger ran away...

Recorded as part of the 'Coal Hole Medley' by the Oldham Tinkers on (I think) Owdham Edge, Topic label.

Croft - Spare land (often near a mill or factory)
Pitch and toss - a game involving coins and a wall
Copper - Policeman
Bugger - Cockroach exterminator...(!!?)