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Thread #72240   Message #1512434
Posted By: JennyO
29-Jun-05 - 09:26 AM
Thread Name: I have lost my underwear & other underwear songs
Subject: Lyr Add: A BEGGIN' I WILL GO
And another one (for the line "me backside can go bare"):

A BEGGIN' I WILL GO - [Trad. arr. Martin Carthy / Dave Swarbrick]

Of all the trades in England the beggin' is the best
For when a beggar's tired, he can lay him down and rest

Chorus (after each verse):
       And a-beggin' I will go
       And a-beggin' I will go

I've a pocket for me oatmeal and another for me salt
I've a pair of little crutches tha should see how I can halt

There's patches on me fusty coat and a black patch on me eye
But when it comes to tuppenny ale I can see as well as thee

Me britches they are no but holes but me heart is free of care
As long as I've me belly full me backside can go bare

I've been deaf at Duckinfield and I've been blind at Shaw
And many's the reet and willing lass I've bedded in the straw

There's a bed for me where'er I lie and I don't pay no rent
I've got no noisy looms to mind and I am reet content

I can rest when I am tired and I heed no master's bell
Ya men'd be daft to be a king when beggars live so well

Of all the trades in England the beggin' is the best
For when a beggar's tired, he can lay him down and rest