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Steve Gardham Lyr Req: Country Life/Hurrah for the Country Life (70* d) RE: Lyr Req: Country Life/Hurrah for the Country Life 06 Jun 21


See Nerd's post 4 Sept 2012.

Here is the song as printed by Greig..
If you want my opinion this is very likely the original Music Hall song. It has similarities with many pieces of the 1890s, early 1900s.

Behold in me a farmer's son so jolly,
I like the fields so green;
I like to ramble in the country,
Where the pretty little flowers are seen.
I like to ramble in the country,
And as I follow the plough,
I like to get up early in the morning,
And go milking the old dun cow.

Chorus:
I like to hear the old cock crow,
Early in the morning;
I like to ramble through the bright green fields;
Just as the day is dawning;
I like to hear the little birds
Merrily sing their lay;-
Hurrah for a life in the country,
And a romping in the new-mown hay.

I like the life of a farmer,
I like to live on a farm;
I do not like a city life,
For a country life has charm;
I like to see the maids in the dairy
Making the butter and cheese,
And like my Mary to tell me
Of her love beneath the trees.

How nice on a Sunday evening,
When the bells ring for the church,
How nice to see both young and old,
Gathered round that rustic porch.
I like to hear the skylark singing,
As the sun sets in the west5;
Of all the lives a man can live,
A country life's the best.

'From Mr F. R. Brown I have received a varied budget.....he encloses one or two booklets of songs, with a number of leaflet reprints of songs which he is himself gathering and contributing to the press. From these we select the following lilt of country life, which seems to hail from the south.'

Checking with Kilgarriff we find in the repertoire of one Ben Albert (1876-1925) the following titles 'Country Life' and 'Hurray for a country life'. If Albert was in his 20s when he performed it we should say about 1900, the song would not appear on many broadsides as there were few broadside printers left then, but as Greig tells us (and I have got a collection, unindexed I'm afraid) the song was in a little booklet. These were published with just the words and composer/publisher details in great numbers in the early 1900s.

I haven't time but a useful exercise would be to compare the Mick Taylor and the Kit Jones versions with this.


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