minstrel: Lyrics search: "Woad"

Wed Aug 6 09:00:50 PDT 1997

I used to know a song that was sung by a local (San Francisco area) group
called Oak, Ash & Thorn.  The song was in their "Drink-along Song Book"
which I have managed to lose.  The song, "Woad" was sung to the tune of
"Men of Harlech."  I only remember the following, which I believe is the
last half of the song:

	Romans came across the Channel
	All dressed up in tin and flannel;
	Half a pint of woad per man'll
		clothe us more than these.

	Saxons, you can keep your britches --
	Building beds for bugs with stitches.
	We have woad to clothe us, which is
		not a nest for fleas.

	Woad's the stuff to show men;
	Woad to scare your foe-men;
	Boil it to a brilliant blue, 
	And smear it on your legs and your ab-DO-men --
	Ancient Britons never hit on
	Anything as good a Woad to fit on
	Necks & knees & where you sit on...
		Taylors, be you blowed.

Does this sound familiar to anyone?

Juana Teresa de Salamanca
(mka Joan Garner)

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