The Trooper and the Maid

Traditional

Audio

This example of "The Trooper and the Maid" is performed by Monalee Kendall.
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Note: The lallly lally's continue in all the verses.

There was an old woman lived under the hill
Lally lally lally lo
She had good ale and beer for to sell
lally lo lally lo lally lally lally lo

She had a daughter her name was Sis
Lally. . .
She kept her there for to welcome her guests
Lally. . .

There was a trooper came riding by
He called for ale so plentiful-i-

When one pot was out he called for another
He kissed the daughter before the mother.

When night time came to bed they went
It was with the mother's own consent

What is this quoth she so stiff and warm
'Tis ball my nag, he'll do you no harm.

What is this quoth she hangs under his chin
"tis the bag he puts his provider in

What is this quoth he, quoth she tis a well
Where ball your nag can drink his fill.

Well what if my nag should chance to slip in
Catch hold of the grass that grows on the brim

Well, what if the grass should chance to fail
Shove him by the head, pull him out by the tail