MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
The Yorkshire Boy
Frank Knox NFLD 2 Tape 19 Track 7
St. Shott's Audio:
Ballad

There was an old farmer in London did dwell
He had but one servant whose name it was John
The cows they were gathered, he had one to spare
Saying Johnnie my boy you must go to the fair.

Refrain:
Jackson, fol-de-rol, fol-de-rol dee.

He went down to the barn and threw open the door
And took out a cow put a rope on her horns
On his way to the market he met with three men
And he sold the milch (?) cow for sixteen pound ten.

Refrain:
Jackson, fol-de-rol, fol-de-rol dee.

He went straight to the sheriff and this he did say,
"Where shall l put all this money away?"
"Sew it up in your overcoat lining," said he,
Afraid on the highway a robber may be.

Refrain:
Jackson, fol-de-rol, fol-de-rol dee.

Jack drove on home till he came to a lane
And "Now, said a man, "I'll tell you here plain
Deliver your money without any strife
Or else with this knife l will end your sweet life."

Refrain:
Jackson, fol-de-rol, fol-de-rol dee.

He ripped open the lining, the money pulled out
Among the long grass it scattered about
While the robber was picking it up in his purse
Jack made no delay, only drove with his horse.

Refrain:
Jackson, fol-de-rol, fol-de-rol dee.

He bawled and he shouted and he bid him to stay
Jack made no delay but he drove on his way
Drove home to his master without saying a thing
A horse, bridle and saddle a valuable thing

Refrain:
Jackson, fol-de-rol, fol-de-rol dee.

"And now by your honour and bravery this day
Half of this money to you I will pay
I'll give you my daughter to be your fine wife
And you can live happy the rest of you life."

Refrain:
Jackson, fol-de-rol; fol-de-rol dee.


Notes

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