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Richard Spencer Lyr Add: Wandering Boy from Manchester (2) Lyr Add: Wandering Boy from Manchester 15 Feb 09

Has anyone come across a full set of words for this song? I got the tune and some words from the Cecil Sharp archives, with the assistance of the ever-helpful librarians at the Vaughan William library. Sharp got it from a Mr K Spence of Chobam, Surrey, but notes "taken down in Lancashire". These are the words as best I can get them from the ms.

I am the wandering boy from Manchester, from ? town I came.
My poverty has brought me here all out now in the rain
My lot is cast, Im forced at last to ask of you to buy(beg?)

Cold winter new approaching, and Ive no rags to pack.
None I've left behind me, they are all on my back.
I'll be bound there are none around can tell where they were made

My coat is cost me sixpence about six years ago.
I bought it out of a clothes (?) shop, the man I did not know.
My waistcoat cost me threepence. Do you think the price too high?
And my shirt I found among the dirt, and hung it out to dry.

My stocking cost me twopence in the year of 92
My hat I'd off a soldier...

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