A-Beggin' I Will Go
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Of all the trades in England,
a-beggin' is the best
For when a beggar's tired,
You can lay him down to rest.

And a-begging I will go, a-begging I will go. (x2)

I got a pocket for me oatmeal,
and another for me rye.
I got a bottle by me side
to drink when I am dry.

And a-begging I will go, a-begging I will go (x2)

I got patches on me cloak,
and black patch on me knee.
When you come to take me home,
I'll drink as well as thee. 

And a-begging I will go, a-begging I will go (x2)

I got a pocket for me ...
and another for me malt
I got a pair of little crutches,
you should see how I can halt.

And a-begging I will go, a-begging I will go (x2)

I sleep beneath an open tree,
and there I pay no rent.
Providence provides for me,
and I am well content.

And a-begging I will go, a-begging I will go (x2)

I fear no plots against me.
I live an open cell.
Who would be a king then
when beggars live so well. 

And a-begging I will go, a-begging I will go (x2)

Of all the trades in England,
a-begging is the best.
For when a beggar's tired,
you can lay him down to rest.

And a-begging I will go, a-begging I will go (x?)

 

A slightly different version:

Of all the trades in England
The beggin' is the best
For when a beggar's tired,
He can sit him down and rest.
Chorus:
And a-beggin' I will go-o-o
And a-beggin' I will go.

2. I've a poke for me ma'le
And another for me rye
I've a bottle by me side,
To drink when I am dry.
Chorus:

3. I've a poke for me salt
An' another for me malt
I've a pair of little crutches,
You should see how I can halt.
Chorus:

4. I've been a-beggin' seven years
With me ol' wooden leg
For lame I've been, since I was born,
And so I'm forced to beg .
Chorus:

5. In a hollow tree I pass the night,
And there I pay no rent
Providence provides for me,
And I am well content.
Chorus: