minstrel: Madam I'm a Darling

mn13189 at WCUVAX1.WCU.EDU mn13189 at WCUVAX1.WCU.EDU
Tue Feb 25 17:55:03 PST 1997

Greetings all!  I was just wondering if anyone knows anything at all about
the history of this song.  I have heard it as an Appalaichian tune, but
know nothing about it's
origins.  The version I know has it to an upbeat, fast, lively tempo, and
the singers are accompanied by guitar and flute.


As I walked out of Chester City
At the late hour of the night
Who should I see but a fair young maiden
Washing her clothes in the clear moonlight

CHORUS:  Madam, I'm a darlin', a die-ro, dither-o
	 Madam, I'm a darlin', a die-ro, day
	 Madam, I'm a darlin', a die-ro, dither-o
	 Madam, I'm a darlin', a die-ro, day

First she washed them, then she squeezed them
Then she hung them out to dry
Then she folded up her arms, sayin'
"Oh, what a fair young girl am I."


Did you ever hear of cups and saucers
Rattlin' about in an old tin can
Did you ever hear of a fair young maiden
Married to a grey, to a grey old man


Madam, I will tie your garter
I will tie it above your knee
If yo like I'll tie it up further
'Cause Madam, I'm a darling, a die-ro day


Going to the well for a pail of water
Fetching it back to make some tea
She fell under and I fell over
And, oh, the game was above her knee!


Lad, you may have gold and silver
Lad, you may have tracts of land
You may have a fleet of ships on the ocean
But all I need now is a canny young man


"Ye knowe ek that in forme of speche is chaunge
Withinne a thousand yeer, and wordes tho
That hadden pris, now wonder nyce and straunge
Us thinketh he, and yet thei spake hem so,
And spedde as wel in love as men now do."
	--Geoffrey Chaucer (late 14th cent.)

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