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Lyr Add: The Prize Winning Hereford Bull

GUEST,Anni Watkins 14 Apr 10 - 06:01 PM
Paul Burke 14 Apr 10 - 06:20 PM
Gozz 18 Jul 12 - 06:23 AM
RTim 18 Jul 12 - 08:45 AM
GUEST,Kim 13 Oct 12 - 05:45 PM
GUEST 21 Jun 15 - 07:21 AM
bubblyrat 21 Jun 15 - 10:19 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: The Prize Winning Hereford Bull
From: GUEST,Anni Watkins
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 06:01 PM

THE PRIZE WINNING HEREFORD BULL
(Traditional)

I went down to the Abingdon market
The pens with livestock were full (they were full)
I saw 'im up there in the corner
Me prize winnin' 'ereford bull
A more beautiful beastie had never been sired
With two horn up front and a big 'un behind
A terrible beast for the breedin'
Me prize winnin' 'ereford bull

The auctioneer mounted 'is rostrum
'is voice it was loud, it was full (it was full)
Says'e who'll give me five hundred guineas
for me prize winnin' 'ereford bull
So I sticks up me 'and and I pulls out me cash
Down come 'is 'ammer wi' a bloody great crash
Knocked down to that gent in the corner
Me prize winnin' 'ereford bull

When I gets 'im 'ome to me farmyard
The pens with livestock were full (they were full)
So I sticks 'im in wi' me 'eifers
Me prize winnin' 'ereford bull
When he got in amongst 'em, oh Lord 'ow they squealed
'e chased every 'eifer ten times round the field
A terrible beast for the breedin'
Me prize winnin' 'ereford bull

*So I sticks 'im in wi' me ewe lambs
but he only matted their wool (ted their wool)
so I put 'im in wi' me draft mare
Me prize winnin' 'ereford bull
When I got back from milkin', oh Lord what a sight
An' the mare pushin' backwards wi' all of her might
A beast for miscegenation
Me prize winnin' 'ereford bull

Come the day of the Sunday school outing
The picnic baskets were full (they were full)
In the field where they chose to 'ave it
Were me prize winnin' 'ereford bull
When 'e got in amongst 'em, that noble old sire
'e buggered the vicar, the curate and choir
A terrible beast for religion
Me prize winnin' 'ereford bull

Come the day that I 'ad to sell 'im
With eyes me tears they were full (they were full)
When 'e dies, 'e'll go up to 'eaven
will me prize winnin' 'ereford bull
But whether 'e goes up to 'eaven or 'ell
'e'll bugger Saint Peter, the Devil as well
A terrible beast for salvation
Me prize winnin' 'ereford bull

Notes:
As a child, I used to go to a folk club in Abingdon, Berkshire, UK. The old boys used to sing this song and I had a great memory for lyrics, especially 'naughty' ones. This is exactly how I remember they sang in, in a heavy Berkshire accent, including "with eyes me tears they were full". The verse marked * (about the sheep and the mare) is not traditional. I added it in later years in New Zealand, because it is a true story (!) and fits so well.

AJW


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: THE PRIZE WINNING HEREFORD BULL
From: Paul Burke
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 06:20 PM

That's a prize winning Abingdon song. I know tunes of songs like this tend to be somewhat vestigial, but can you remember it?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Prize Winning Hereford Bull
From: Gozz
Date: 18 Jul 12 - 06:23 AM

I knew a bloke in North Devon who used to sing this (Barnstaple market of course) and he used a varient of Roisin the Beau.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Prize Winning Hereford Bull
From: RTim
Date: 18 Jul 12 - 08:45 AM

This song has been recorded by Chris Bartram once of Abingdon Morris and his singing and music partner Keith (whose surname alludes me as I write).
Also can't remember name of the CD!!

Tim Radford


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Prize Winning Hereford Bull
From: GUEST,Kim
Date: 13 Oct 12 - 05:45 PM

Being an Abingdon lass, and new to the Folk scene, I'd only heard parts of this. I'm so glad I've now discovered the whole song and can't wait to learn it!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Prize Winning Hereford Bull
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Jun 15 - 07:21 AM

It's Keith Holloway.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Prize Winning Hereford Bull
From: bubblyrat
Date: 21 Jun 15 - 10:19 AM

It doesn't ALLUDE you, RTIM, it ELUDES you (two very different meanings ). Sorry, but that's life !
Anyway, being from Henley (not too far from Abingdon) I bin a-singin' o this song fer many a yer !!Allus do go down well, 'specially at Marlow Bottom Folk Club ( ask Dick Frost if 'n he still do live ).


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