The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #17084   Message #1552331
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
29-Aug-05 - 02:07 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Tune Add: The Broomfield Hill

"Wager a wager and I will go with thee
Away to the May blooming field;
A maiden I will go to the May blooming field
And a maiden I will return."

"Wager a wager and you may go with me
Away to the May blooming field;
A maiden you may go to the May blooming field,
But a maiden you never will return."

Away this young man went his wager for to win,
Away to the May blooming field.
He sat himself down by a clear flowing stream
And fell fast asleep on its banks.

Nine times she walked around the crown of his head,
And nine times she walked around his feet,
And nine times she kissed the ruby, ruby lips
As be lay on the banks fast asleep.

The ring that she wore on her little finger,
The same she did place upon his own
That it might be a token of love unto him
That she had been there but was gone.

"If I had been awake as I was asleep
This maiden she never would have fled.
It's her I would have killed and her blood I would have spilled,
And the birds told the story of the dead."

"Oh, hardhearted young man, oh, hardhearted youth!
Your heart is just as hard as any stone,
For to think of killing one who has loved you so long
And would mourn o'er the grave you lie in."

Sung by James Jepson of Hurricane, Aug. 11, 1947. He learned it in the 1870's while he hauled freight from southern Utah to Salt Lake City.
Lester A Hubbard, 1961, "Ballads and Songs from Utah," Univ. Utah Press, pp. 8-9, 4, The broomfield Hill.

Many Mormon immigrants from the UK and other parts of Europe trekked to Utah, in caravans or pushing handcarts across the plains. Undoubtedly they brought their songs with them.