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Posted By: Joe Offer
06-Mar-13 - 05:12 PM
Thread Name: DTStudy: Jolly Is the Miller
Subject: DTStudy: Jolly Is the Miller
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Seems to me that this song is the basis for the many-versioned bluegrass song, "Same Old Man, Workin'/Sittin' at the Mill," although I think "Same Old Man" is a 20th century composition. I'd like ot know more about both songs.
Here are the Digital Tradition Lyrics:

JOLLY IS THE MILLER

Jolly* is the miller that lives by the mill
The wheel goes 'round with a right good will
With a hand upon the hopper and another on the sack
The ladies go forward and the gents go back.

* or "Charlie"

A play-party collected in the 1940s and 1950s. RG
@playparty @work
filename[ OVRHILL5
TUNE FILE: OVERHILL
CLICK TO PLAY
RG
I didn't find anything in the Traditional Ballad Index, but their index is broken and maybe I'm not looking in the right place.

Roud has many versions, mostly from the U.S.