Young Rambleaway

Melody - collected from Dorset, England; Seq. by Ron Clarke
Melody 2 - same as above, no repeat of last line

As I was a-going to Derrydown Fair,
With my fine scarlet coat and everything rare,
Enough to entice all the maidens that day,
|: When they set their eyes on young Rambleaway. :|

2. The very first steps I took into the fair,
I saw pretty Nancy a-combing her hair.
I gave her the wink and she rolled her black eye.
|: Thinks I to myself, I'll be there by and by. :|

3. As I was a-walking that night in the dark,
I took my bright Nancy to be my sweetheart.
She smiled in my face and these words she did say,
|: Are you the young man they call Rambleaway? :|

4. I said, Pretty Nancy don't smile in my face,
For I do not intend to stay long in this place.
So I gave her three doubles and fair length and share,
|: I told her I'd ramble I didn't know where. :|

5. When twenty four weeks they were over and past,
This fair pretty maiden did sicken at last.
Her gown wouldn't meet nor her apron strings stay,
|: And all through the love of young Rambleaway. :|

6. So come pretty maidens wherever you be,
With courting young fellows don't make yourselves free.
For if you should do so you'll rue the sad day,
|: When you met with the like of young Rambleaway. :|


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