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Jim, the Carter Lad My name is Jim, the carter lad A jolly cock am I. I always am contented Be the weather wet or dry. I crack me fingers at the snow And whistle at the rain, And I've braved the storm for many a day And can do so again. cho: So it's crack, crack, goes me whip I whistle and I sing. I sit upon me wagon I'm as happy as a king. My horse is always willing And for me, I'm never sad, There's none can lead a jollier life Nor Jim, the carter lad. My father was a carrier Many years e'er I was born; He used to rise at daybreak And go his round each morn. He would often take me with him Especially in the spring. When I loved to sit upon the cart And hear me father sing: chorus: It's now the girls all smile on me As I go driving past, The horse is such a beauty As we jog along so fast. We've traveled many a weary miles But happy days we've had; And there's none can use a horse more kind Nor Jim, the carter lad. chorus: Now friends, I bid you all: Adieu 'Tis time I was away. I know my horse will weary If I much longer stay. To see your smiling faces here It makes me feel quite glad And I know you'll grant your kind applause To Jim, the carter lad. chorus: From Folksongs of Britain and Ireland, Kennedy RG
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