Forty Miles

 
Performed by:
John Greaves
Recorded in:
Gilling East
Recorded on:
14/11/2006
Recorded by:
Steve Gardham
Genre:
Courtship
Keywords:
Churches,
Travel,
Sex
 

Archival information

TYG:
36
Key:
E
Time Signature:
3/8
Roud id:
608
Laws id:
Master title:
Forty Miles
Places Cited:

Lyrics

1
It’s fot-ty miles I’ve been today,
I spied a cottage by the way
That I never have seen afore,
that I never have seen afore.

2
I went upto this cottage door,
Pretty fair maid tripped over the floor,
And she cried aloud, “Whea’s there?” (twice)

3
“My dear, it rains, it hails, it snows,
And I am wet unto my clothes,
And I pray you let me in,” (twice)

4
“Oh no, kind sir, that never can be,
For there’s no-one in the house but me,
And I cannot let you in,” (twice)

5
I turned my steps away to go,
And she did sweet compassion bestow,
And she came and let me in, (twice)

6
We spent that night in sweet content,
The very next morning to church we went,
And I made her my lawful bride, (twice)

Archival information

TYG:
36
Key:
E
Time Signature:
3/8
Roud id:
608
Laws id:
Master title:
Forty Miles
Places Cited: