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Lish Young Buy-A-Broom As he was a-traveling the North Country Near to Kirby Stephen he happened for to be As he was a-walking up and down the street A pretty little buy-a-broom he chanced for to meet And she was right, he was tight Every girl shall have her way It was the lish young buy-a-broom That led him astray She kindly then invited him to go along the way 'Yes', it was the answer to her that he did say Him and his music walking down the street And her with her tambourine beating hands and feet He treated her to a brandy, he treated her to beer He kissed her and he cuddled her and called her his dear She treated him to whiskey, she treated him to rum And said, "My gay young fellow, you can play my little drum" Now straightway out to Kendal they steered, her and him Over yon green mountain, the weather it was grim They each had a bottle filled up to the top And whenever they were feeling dry, they took a little drop With night a-coming on, good lodgings they did find Eatables of all sorts and plenty of good wine Good bed and blankets just for the two And he rolled her in his arms, my boys, and wouldn't you do, to? Then early the next morning they rose to go away He called to the landlord to see what was to pay He said fourteen and sixpence, just for you two And a sovereign on the table his darling she threw And when they got to Kendal, the weather it was fine They'd velvet caps with tassels on, fine buckles they did shine They each had a ribbon hanging down their backs And she had nineteen golden sovereigns, his darling, in her sack The reason that they parted, I mean for you to hear She wanted him to go to France for to be her dear But him not being willing to cross the stormy sea Said "Good luck to my darling, wherever she may be" Collected and collated by Geoff Wood recorded by Tim Hart & Maddy Prior, Folk Songs of Old England SOF
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