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Posted By: GUEST,Charles Macfarlane
05-Aug-12 - 08:33 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Songs, poems etc about ploughmen/boys
Subject: RE: Folklore: Songs, poems etc about ploughmen/boys
> From: GUEST,mg
> Is it who will plow the fields now? in Bantry Girls' lament

Yes, that's right.

Who will plough the fields now?
Who will cut/sow the corn?
Who will watch the sheep now,
And have them neatly shorn?
The stack that's in the haggard/hazard
Unthrashed it may remain
Since Johnny's gone a-thrashing
The dirty King Of Spain.

Although it's uaually thought of as a girl's song, in the days when I used to be able to get beefy enough strings, I used to sing it, in Open B (Open C down a semi - used to struggle with the highest notes in Open C).