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Maid of Tottenham As I walked down from Tottenham Upon a market day "Twas there I spied a bonnie lass Her clothing was so gay Her journey was to London With buttermilk and whey So we both jogged on together my boys Sing fal the dal diddle al day. "God speed, fair maid," says I to her "You are well overtook." At that she cast her head aside And gave to me a look That was as full of lechery As letters in a book So we both jogged on together my boys Sing fal the dal diddle al day. And as we walked along the road Together side by side This pretty maid of Tottenham Her garter came untied For fear that she might lose it "Look out sweetheart," I cried "Your garter's coming down my love." Sing fal the dal diddle al day. "O now you've been so venturesome So venturesome and free O now you've been so venturesome Will you tie it up for me?" "O yes, O yes, if you'll come To the undergrove with me." So we both jogged on together my boys Sing fal the dal diddle al day. I took her to the undergrove Among the grass so green The fair maid spread her legs so wide That I fell in between Such tying of a garter You have but seldom seen And we both jogged on together my boys Sing fal the dal diddle al day. "O now you've had your will of me Pray tell to me your name Likewise your occupation From where and whence you came" "My name is Johnny the Rover From Dublin town I came And I live alongside of the Ups and Downs" Sing fal the dal diddle al day. So when she came to Tottenham Her butter was not sold By losing of her maidenhead Which made her blood run cold He's gone he's gone he's gone He's not the lad for me For he lives alongside of the Ups and Downs Sing fal the dal diddle al day. from Sedley The Seeds of Love Text collated from Pills to Purge Melancholy, Merry Drollery (1661) and Choyce Drollery (1656) Tune: Abroad as I was walking (associated with Lowlands of Holland) SOF
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