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Stevebury Origins: I've Got Sixpence, Jolly, Jolly Sixpence (52* d) RE: Origins: I've Got Sixpence, Jolly, Jolly Sixpence 18 Jul 20


I learned the common version above (more or less the DT version) at camp and in Boy Scouts. (New England, 1950’s.) But my dad sang a different version which looks most closely related to the one Malcolm Smith cites above (June 2014). I’ll have to pull out The Dollymopps CD and check how close the tune is.

I don’t now whether my dad learned it in college, in the Army (WWII) or from his family.

I’ve got six pence, jolly, jolly sixpence,
I love sixpence as I love my life.
I spent a penny of it, I lent a penny of it,
I’ll send four pence home to my wife.

May the pipe and the bowl never leave us,
Kind friends may they never deceive us.
Happy is the one that shall greet us,
As we go rolling home.

Rolling, reeling, rolling, reeling, rolling home,
Reeling, rolling, reeling, rolling, reeling home.
Happy is the one that shall greet us,
As we go rolling home.

I’ve got four pence,   … etc.

-- Stevebury


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