An Old Man come Courting Me

An Old Man Come Courting Me
For an old man come courting me,
.Hi down dearly day,
For an old man come courting me,
.Hi dearly day;
For an old man come courting me,
Promised he’d marry me,
Girls for your sake never wed an old man.

As sung by Danny Brazil, Gloucester 20 Apr 1966 (Springthyme 66.1.18). Also Lemmy Brazil (verses 6 & 7) Gloucester 29 September 1967 (Springthyme 67.6.24). In: Shepheard, Peter. Folk Songs and Ballads of the Brazil Family of Gloucester (1967).

For an old man come courting me,
.Hi down dearly day,
For an old man come courting me,
.Hi dearly day;
For an old man come courting me,
Promised he’d marry me,
Girls for your sake never wed an old man.

For it’s when we got home to tea,
.Hi down dearly day,
For when we got home to tea,
.Hi dearly day;
For when we got home to tea,
Nothing there could I see,
Girls for your sake never wed an old man.

For it’s when it struck eight o’clock,
.Hi down dearly day,
For it’s when it struck eight o’clock,
.Hi dearly day;
For it’s when it struck eight o’clock,
All the doors he did lock,
Girls for your sake never wed an old man.

For it’s when we got into bed,
.Hi down dearly day,
For it’s when we got into bed,
.Hi dearly day;
For it’s when we got into bed,
He layed like a lump of lead,
Girls for your sake never wed an old man.

For it’s when he went fast asleep,
.Hi down dearly day,
For it’s when he went fast asleep,
.Hi dearly day;
For it’s when he went fast asleep,
Out of bed I did creep,
Into the arms of a jolly young man.

For a young man is my delight,
Kiss and court all the night,
Girls for your sake never wed an old man.

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