Willy went to Westerdale

 
Performed by:
John Greaves
Recorded in:
Harrogate
Recorded on:
11/03/2007
Recorded by:
Steve Gardham
Genre:
Humour
Keywords:
Farming,
Farm animals,
Wife
 

Archival information

TYG:
1
Key:
C
Time Signature:
6/8
Roud id:
2792
Laws id:
Master title:
Robin-a-Thrush
Places Cited:
Westerdale

Lyrics

1
Willy went ti Westerdale,
Aye do a dandy,
Willy went ti Westerdale,
Clish, clash, mi clandy,
Willy went ti Westerdale,
’E married a wife an browt ’er ’eame,   (home)
Sing a-ler-o, tak ’er amang yer.

2
’E bowt ’er twenty good milk kye,    (cows)
She let nineteen o’ them go dry.

3
She only milked ’er once a year,
An’ that was ti mak butter dear.

4
When she kenned she kenned in ’er beeats,  (churned in her boots)
Ti mak a print she put in ’er feeat. (foot)

5
She made a cheese an’ put it on t’ shelf,
She never tonned cheese while cheese tonned self.  (turned)

6
She roasted a hen both feather and gut,
’Eead an’ tail an’ wattles an’ foot. 
(head) (wattles=loose folds of skin on a hen’s neck)

7
She did a far dottier trick than that,     (dirtier)
She let bairn shit in ’is father’s neet-cap. (night-cap)

Accompanied on refrains by Steve Gardham, Ray Padgett, Sam Dodds and Ray Black.
Recorded by Ray Padgett at Ray Black’s Harrogate home, 11th March, 2007.

Archival information

TYG:
1
Key:
C
Time Signature:
6/8
Roud id:
2792
Laws id:
Master title:
Robin-a-Thrush
Places Cited:
Westerdale