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Lyr Req: Bold Lovell

19 Feb 00 - 01:14 PM (#181255)
Subject: Bold Lovell
From: GUEST,Steve Hamilton kevin.skates@virgi

I am looking for the Lyrics and tune to a songcalled 'Bold Lovell'. I can't remember much about it except the chorus.....

The Devils in the women so they say, How the Devil can a fella let em be?

This isn't the one printed in Chilton's book of Victorian folksong by the way. Can anyone help ?

19 Feb 00 - 02:47 PM (#181274)
Subject: Lyr Add: BOLD LOVELL
From: Malcolm Douglas


As Lovell was out riding out across the misty mountains,
Two merchants, two merchants, their money they was counting;
He reached for his pistol, and he never gave them warning,
He robbed them of their money and he bade them both good morning:

Oh, the devil's in the women so they say,
But how the devil can a fellow let them be?

He went to a public house and counted out his money;
He called on the landlady to bring forth pretty Polly.
But while they was talking, and thinking of no matter,
She stole away his pistol and she filled it up with water:

As Lovell and Polly were taking their sweet pleasure,
In walked the troopers, saying, "Lovell, you must leave her!
For a long time you've been riding on the road to the gallows,
So some along with us young man and be a decent fellow."

He reached for his pistols but they wouldn't fire for water;
They lathered him well and gave to him no quarter.
Polly, she cried, "If I'd known that they was coming,
I'd have fought them like a tiger, love, although I am a woman."

"I have two brothers and they're both in the Marines;
One of them's at Chatham and the other one's at sea.
Bold, brisk and lively lads, and champions of folly;
I'd rather they was here today than you deceitful Polly."

As Lovell was climbing up that old gallows ladder,
He called out so gaily for his highway cap and feather:
"Well, I've always been a lively lad, but never murdered any;
I think it bloody hard to swing for liftin' a bit of money!"

This is the version recorded by Roy Harris on his album Champions of Folly (Topic Records 12TS 256) give or take a word or two; Martin Carthy used to sing the same version.  It came originally from A.L. Lloyd, who himself got it from the Green Mountain Songster, and mutated it a bit as was his way.  That would be the place to look if you want the (presumably, original) American version; I think that I have a rough .midi of the tune as sung by Carthy, and will post that to the Mudcat Midi Site.


19 Feb 00 - 04:35 PM (#181302)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bold Lovell
From: Amos

Sounds like a first cousin once removed to Gilengarry Mountain.


19 Feb 00 - 05:26 PM (#181315)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bold Lovell
From: Susanne (skw)

Originally (?) called 'Whiskey in the Jar'. - Susanne

19 Feb 00 - 08:17 PM (#181393)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bold Lovell
From: Alan of Australia

Thanks to Malcolm the tune can be found here at the Mudcat MIDI site.


01 Mar 02 - 09:43 AM (#660595)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bold Lovell

Roy Harris Recorded it on an album on Topic records, with one Martin Carthy playing guitar, if that's any help...g