Lyrics

1. There was an old woman as I’ve heard tell,
Fa, la, la la la la la.
She went to market her eggs for to sell,
Fa, la, la la la la la.
She went to market as I’ve heard say,
Fa, la, la la la la la.
She fell asleep on the King’s highway,
Fa, la, la la la la la.

2. There came by a peddler whose name was Stout, Fa la…
He cut her petticoats round about, Fa la…
He cut her petticoats up to her knees, Fa la…
Which made the old woman shiver and sneeze, Fa la…

3. When this little woman did first awak, Fa la…
She began to shiver and began to shake, Fa la…
She began to wonder, she began to cry, Fa la…
“Oh deary me this can never be I!” Fa la…

4. “But if it be I as I hope it be, Fa la
I’ve a doggie at home that I’m sure knows me, Fa la…
And if it be I he will wag his tail, Fa la…
And if it’s not I he will bark and wail,” Fa la…

5. Home went the old woman all in the dark, Fa la…
Then up got her dog and began to bark, Fa la…
Be began to bark, she began to cry, Fa la….
“Dear me, dear! This is none of I!” Fa la…


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