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Hagman Meaning of 'ball and down'? (16) RE: Meaning of 'ball and down'? 17 May 15

See also "The recruited collier" (Roud 3503), also recorded by KR, plus Anne Briggs, Barry Dransfield, Box Fox, and many other:

"Oh, what's the matter with you, my lass, and where's your dashing Jimmy?
The soldier boys have picked him up and sent him far, far from me.
Last pay day he went off to town and them red-coated fellows
Enticed him in and made him drunk—and he'd be better gone to the gallows.

The very sight of his cockade, it sets us all a-crying,
And me! I nearly fainted twice, I thought that I was dying.
My father would have paid the smart and he'd run for the golden guinea.
But the sergeant swore he'd kissed the book, so now they've got young Jimmy."

"..the golden guinea" = 21 shillings.

(I also recall the old folk tale of why tankards had a glass bottom - always meant to research that one...)


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