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Little Ball of Yarn One fine day in May, I took a walk one day Down by my grandfather's farm I met a pretty maid and this is what I said "May I wind up your little ball of yarn?" I took this pretty maid underneath the shade Not intending for to do any harm I took her by surprise and I laid between her thighs And I winded up her little ball of yarn This pretty maid she rose and she pulled on her clothes And straight to her grandma she did run And for me, I was never seen as I skipped across the green After winding up her little ball of yarn Come all you young men, never step out after ten Not intending for to do any harm For as soon as they lie down, you've got to pay your sweet half crown For the winding of the little ball of yarn Come all you young men, take a warning to what I said Never rise up too early in the morn For like the blackbird and the thrush there'll be someone behind the bush That will wind up your little ball of yarn _________ versions recorded by Carthy on his Second album and Oscar Brand on Bawdy Songs II see also Little Ball of Yarn (2) SOF
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