The Jolly Butcher
Oh won't you come along with me love
along with me!
Come for one night and be my wife
And come along with me
Well it is of a jolly butcher as you might plainly see
he roved out one morning in search of company
He went into a tavern and a fair girl he did see
Ah come for one night,
be my wife, oh come along with me
He called for liquor of the best
And he makes such fortune
Come have a drink, it will make us think
That it is our wedding day
Well he called for a candle to light their way to bed
when he had her in the room these words to her he said,
"A sovereign I will give to you, for to embrace your charms"
all that night, that fair young maid, lied in the butchers' arms
Oh, early the next morning be sure it went his way
unto that fair young maid and unto her did say,
"That sovereign that I gave to you, do not think me strange,
sovereign that I gave to you will you give me back me change!"
Well about a 12 month later he roved out once more
he went into the tavern where he'd often been before
He wasn't in there very long when his fair maid he did see
she brought forth a baby three months old and placed it on his knee
Ah, when he saw the baby, he began to curse and swear
he said unto that fair young maid, "Why did you bring him here?!"
"Well he is your own, kind sir", she said, "Do not think
Well that sovereign that you gave to me, well I gives you back your change!!"