The Jolly Ploughboy

 
Performed by:
Ted Hutchinson
Recorded in:
Driffield
Recorded on:
03/06/1979
Recorded by:
Steve Gardham
Genre:
Military
Keywords:
Farm animals,
Soldiers,
Farm implements
 

Archival information

TYG:
32
Key:
G
Time Signature:
4/4
Roud id:
1
Laws id:
Master title:
The Jolly Ploughboy(1)
Places Cited:
England

Lyrics

1
I once was a jolly ploughboy ploughing in the fields all day,
When a very funny thought came across my mind, I thought I'd run away,
For I'm sick and tired of the country life and the place where I was born,
So I've been and joined the army and I'm off tomorrow morn.

Chorus
So hurrah for the scarlet and the blue, see the helmets glisten in the sun,
And the bay'nets flash like lightning to the beat of a military drum.
There's a flag in dear old England proudly waving in the sky,
And the last words of my comrades were, 'We'll conquer or we'll die.'

2
I put aside my old grey mare, I put aside my plough,
I put aside my two-tined fork, no more to reap or mow,
No more will I go harvesting to reap the golden corn,
For I've been and joined the army and I'm off tomorrow morn.

3
But there's one little girl I must leave behind and that is my Nellie dear;
She said she would be true to me if I be far or near;
And when I come back from the foreign shore how happy I will be,
For I'll march my Nellie off to church and a sergeant's wife she'll be.

Sung by Ted Hutchinson, aged 76, of Canal Head, Driffield.
He learnt his version from older farm workers who, after their day's work, used to gather in the barn lit by a lantern, to sing and play the mouth organ and melodeon.

Archival information

TYG:
32
Key:
G
Time Signature:
4/4
Roud id:
1
Laws id:
Master title:
The Jolly Ploughboy(1)
Places Cited:
England