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Thread #62579   Message #1011743
Posted By: Stewie
02-Sep-03 - 10:51 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Robin Hood Rescuing the Three Squires
Roberto, I have made changes to your transcription as I hear them.


I'll tell you a story of bold Robin Hood
Through the forest around ranged he
And the first that he met was a gay lady
A-weeping all on the highway

'Oh why do you weep, gay lady?', he said
'Oh why do you weep?', said he
'Oh why do you weep?', said bold Robin Hood
'I pray thee, come tell unto me'

'Oh do you weep for gold?', he said
'Or do you weep for fee?
'Or do you weep for your sweet maidenhead
That some villain has stolen from thee?'

'Oh, I don't weep for gold', she said
'Nor do I weep for fee
'Nor do I weep for me sweet maidenhead
'For no villain has stole it from me'

'But I do weep', this lady she said,
And bitterly she did cry,
'O I do weep for my three sons
For they are condemned to die'

'What church have they plundered?', said bold Robin Hood
'Or what parish priests have they slain?
'Or have they forced maidens against their will
'Or with other men's wives have they lain?'

'Oh no church have they plundered', this lady she said
'Nor no parish priests have they slain
'Nor have they forced maidens against their will
'Nor with other men's wives have they lain'

'But this they have done', the lady she said
'That they are condemned to die
'They've stolen sixteen of the king's royal deer
'And for that to be hanged on high'

'Oh go you 'way home, gay lady', he said
'Go you 'way home', said he
'Oh go you 'way home', said bold Robin Hood
'Tomorrow I set them free'

Oh my scarf for a favour, pray wear it', she said
'For a fine gallant knight such as thee
'You do me great honour, my champion to ride
'For me and me sons all three'

'Oh, your favour, I'll wear it', said bold Robin Hood
'For truly 'tis you honour me
'For I am no knight, kind lady', he said
'But gladly your champion I'll be'

So bold Robin Hood he was galloping along
'T was in the best part of the day
When there he did meet with an old beggarman
Come begging all on the highway

'Oh, what news, what news, old father', he said
'What news, pray tell unto me'
'Oh there's weeping and wailing in Nottingham town
'And it's all for the squires all three'

Now the beggarman had an old coat on his back
Nor green, nor yellow, nor red
And thinks bold Robin Hood, 't would serve him full well
To be in this beggarman's stead

'Oh, come change your apparel, old father', he said
'Come change your apparel with mine'
'And here's twenty good shillings to drink your own health
'In merry good ale and wine'

'Oh, you are apparelled in clothing so fine
'Mine is all ragged and torn
'But still it's not fitting a young man like you
'Should laugh an old man to scorn'

'Oh, no scorn do I give thee', said bold Robin Hood
'I swear by Our Lady
'For tales will be told of your beggarman's coat
'If a beggarman you'll let me be'

So they changed their apparel, they changed all their clothes
Till each wore the other's attire
And as much like a beggar did Robin Hood look
As the beggarman looked like a squire

For the beggarman's hat did Robin have on
That stood full high at the crown
'Sure, no one will know me', said bold Robin Hood
In the whole of fair Nottingham town

And the beggarman's britches did Robin have on
With patches from ball-up to side
'By the breath of my body', said bold Robin Hood
'I never wore so little pride'

And the begarman's coat did Robin have on
'T was worn right through to the skin
'Though I shake and I shiver', said bold Robin Hood
'There's pockets a-plenty within'

'There's a pocket for meal, a pocket for malt
'And a pocket for barley and corn
'And one pocket more to make up the score
'And that's for my bugle horn'

So bold Robin Hood to Nottingham came
To Nottingham town came he
And the sheriff did meet, and him he did greet
Likewise the squires all three

'Oh save you, oh save you, High Sheriff', he said
'And I beg you all down on one knee
That as for the death of these three squires
The hangman I might be

'Soon granted, soon granted', the High Sheriff said
'Soon granted unto thee
'And you shall have all of their clothing so fine
'And their money to be your fee'

'Oh, I want none of their clothing so fine
'Nor their money to be my fee
'But all I desire is to blast on my horn
'That their souls to heaven may flee'

So Robin Hood climbed up to the gallows so high
Went skipping from stock to stone
'By the faith of my body', the High Sheriff said
'You're nimble for an old beggarman'

'Oh, look well, look well on this old beggarman
'Look well, High Sheriff', said he
'For tales will be told of this beggarman's coat
'With its patches and pockets so free'

'I've a pocket for meal, a pocket for malt
'And a pocket for barley and corn
'And one pocket more to make up the score
'And that's for my bugle horn'

'Oh blow, then blow', the High Sheriff said
'Blow, and have no doubt
'I would have you blow well such a mighty fine blast
'You'd blow both your blessed eyes out'

So Robin blew once, Robin blew twice
And Robin blew three times shrill
Till a hundred and ten of Robin Hood's men
Came running all down the green hill

'What men are those?', the High Sheriff said
'What men are all those?', said he
'Oh, they're all of them mine and none of them thine
'And they've come for the squires all three'

'Oh take them, oh take them', the High Sheriff said
'And a curse on your bugle that blows
'And curse every pocket in your beggarman's cloak
'And curse you and your beggarman's clothes'

Then bold Robin Hood he shot a fat buck
Little John he shot a fat doe
And they are away to the merry green wood
With the three squires all in a row, a row
The three squires all in a row

Source: transcription of John Kirkpatrick 'Robin Hood Rescuing The Three Squires' on Various Artists 'Ballads' Fellside FECD 110.