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Thread #125891   Message #2791814
Posted By: Joe Offer
19-Dec-09 - 02:46 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Oyster Girl
Subject: ADD Version: The Oyster Girl
Well, I don't know if I'm being helpful by doing this, but this is another version of the song in the Digital Tradition, not the requested song.
^^
THE OYSTER GIRL

Oh oysters, oh oysters, oh oysters, said she,
I've got somne of the finest oysters that ever you did see,
Oh tis three a penny I do sell, but four I'll give to thee,
For to bargain for the basket of oysters.
Oh tis three a penny I do sell, but four I'll give to thee,
For to bargain for the basket of oysters.


Oh landlord, oh landlord, oh landlord, said he,
Hath thee got little private room for the oyster girl and me,
Where we both may sit and so merry, merry be,
While we bargain for the basket of oysters.
Where we both may sit and so merry, merry be,
While we bargain for the basket of oysters.


Oh yes, sir, oh yes, sir, oh yes, sir, said he,
I've got a little private for the oyster girl and thee,
Where you both can sit down and so merry, merry be,
Till you bargain for your basket of oysters.
Where you both can sit down and so merry, merry be,
Till you bargain for your basket of oysters.


Oh landlord, oh landlord, oh landlord, said he,
Hast thee seen that little oyster girl that came along with me,
She hath picked my pocket of all my money,
And hath left me with my basket of oysters.
She hath picked my pocket of all my money,
And hath left me with my basket of oysters.


Oh yes, sir, oh yes, sir, oh yes, sir, said he,
I've seen that little oyster girl that came along with thee,
She hath paid all the reckoning so now thee canst go free,
For to travel with thy basket of oysters.
She hath paid all the reckoning so now thee canst go free,
For to travel with thy basket of oysters.


I've travelled through England, through Ireland, through Scotland and France,
But never was I in all my life served up with such a dance,
By a bold English girl, oh her voice it was so clear,
She has taught me the way to sell oysters.
By a bold English girl, oh her voice it was so clear,
She hath taught me the way to sell oysters.





Source: liner notes from the 1957 Paul Clayton Folkways recording, British Broadside Ballads in Popular Tradition


Here's the Traditional Ballad Index entry on this song:
Roud (click) has 53 entries. All but one are Roud #875. The one is Roud #1745, also titled "Oyster Girl," found in Hugill, Bosun's Locker (2006) p.173. The first line is "Twas the fifteenth of December, so well I do remember." Anybody have Hugill's Bosun's Locker?