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Thread #37992   Message #532292
Posted By: IanC
21-Aug-01 - 04:37 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Strawberry Fair
Subject: ADD: Where Are You Going, My Pretty Maid

I haven't been able to find any lyrics to this version on the web, and it isn't in DT (nor are there any suitable threads) so this will have to go on the "wanted list" I suspect. Meanwhile, here's something to conjure with.

You probably know that the song has some relationship to "Where Are You Going, My Pretty Maid". Bruce Olson's site has the following entry, which may prove interesting (especially as it came from a book of Nursery Rhymes).

The Opies in The Oxford Book of Nursery Rhymes, #317, 1951, give a version said to have been sung in 1698 at Cardew. This seems to connect the tune titles "Strawberry leaves made maidens fair," and "Where are you going my pretty fair maid."

Whither are you going my pretty fair maid, said he,
with your white face and your yellow hair?

I am going to the well, sweet sir, she said,
For Strawberry leaves make maidens fair.

Shall I go with thee pretty fair maid, he said, &c
Do if you will, sweet sir, she said, &c.

What if I lay you down on the ground, &c.
I will rise up again, sweet Sir, she said, &c.
What if I do bring you with child, &c.
I will bear it, sweet Sir she said, &c.
Who will you have for father for your child, &c.
You shall be his father, sweet Sir, she said, &c.
What will you dor for whittles for your child, &c.
His father shall be a taylor, sweet Sir, she said, &c.