The Holbeck Moor Cockfight

 
Performed by:
Jim Potter
Recorded in:
Barnsley
Recorded on:
01/01/2007
Recorded by:
Jim Potter
Genre:
Sport
Keywords:
Cocks,
Money,
Gambling,
Public houses,
Miscreants
 

Archival information

TYG:
81
Key:
D
Time Signature:
4/4
Roud id:
211
Laws id:
Master title:
The Cock Fight
Places Cited:
Holbeck Moor,
Oldham

Lyrics

1
Come all you cockers far and near
An’ I’ll tell you of a cockfeight, when and where,
On ’Olbeck Moor as I’ve ’eard say,
Between the black and the bonny grey.

2
Now the first to come in were the Owdham lads,
They came with all the brass they had.
The reason was I ’eard ’em say,
Ahr black’s too big for the bonny grey.

3
So it’s into t’ pub to teck a sup,
Yon cockfeight it was soon made up.
For twenty pounds them birds will play,
The charcoal black and the bonny grey.

4
The Owdham lads stood shoutin’ around,
‘I’ll lay thee a quid to ’alf a crown,
If ahr black cock ’e gets fair play
’E’ll meck mincemeat out o’ thy bonny grey.’

5
So the cocks they at it an’ t’ grey got tossed;
Owdham lads said, ‘By, tha’s lost!’
Us ’Olbeck lads we tonned quite pale,
An’ we wished we’d fought for a barrel of ale.

6
Then the cocks they at it one two three,
The charcoal black got stuck in t’ ee.
’E picked ’im up but ’e wadn’t play,
An’ the fight it went to ahr bonny grey.

7
With silver breast an’ silver wings
’E’s fit to feight i’ front o’ kings.
We picked ’im up with a hip ’ooray,
An' we carried off ahr bonny grey.

Archival information

TYG:
81
Key:
D
Time Signature:
4/4
Roud id:
211
Laws id:
Master title:
The Cock Fight
Places Cited:
Holbeck Moor,
Oldham