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Posted By: Steve Gardham
10-Sep-15 - 01:34 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Down the Dark Alley
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Down the Dark Alley
The tune I knew was very close to that sung in the folk clubs as 'Maids when you're young never wed an old man' which also has a similar structure.

There are lots of versions (Roud 210)

Here's the first verse of the version in Marrow Bones.

An old man came courting me
Heigh down derry down
An old man came courting me
Heigh derry down
An old man came courting me
All for to ruin me
Girls, for your sake never wed an old man.