A Rambling Young Fellow (Kenneth Peacock)
(Derrydown Fair)

When I was a rambling young fellow
I never took care of me life,
A-rolling and rambling forever,
In every port a fresh wife.
But give me the girl that will love me,
And bless me in this happy life,
And dance unto me a fresh caper,
A country girl for a wife.

I have been in cold frosty weather,
I have been in love hot and cold;
I ventured me life on the ocean,
I ventured me life for gold.
But now since the wars they're all over,
And we are safe landed on shore,
Now blow me and bless me forever
If I goes to sea anymore.

I'll send for me friends and relations,
I'll send for them every one,
And all for to make them quite welcome,
I'll send for a cask of good rum;
I will send for a cask of good rum, boys,
And two or three barrels more beer;
It's all for to welcome the lassie
That meets me at Derrydown Fair.

Oh, when I'm dead and gone,
And there is an end to me life,
Don't never lay sighing or sobbing,
But do a good turn for me wife;
Don't never lay sighing or sobbing,
There's one single thing more I do crave,
Dress up in blue jacket and trousers
And fiddle and dance to my grave.

Let there be six sailors to carry me,
And may they be damnable drunk,
A-rolling and rambling forever,
And p'rhaps they might fall in me trunk;
Let them all fall a-cursing and swearing,
Like men that is going to run mad,
Just tip a glass over my coffin,
Saying, "There goes a jolly brisk lad."

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad, The Rakish Young Fellow, published and sold by W and T Fordyce (Newcastle and Hull) ca.1840, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 11(3216) ....####

Collected in 1958 by Kenneth Peacock from Isaac Freeman Bennett [1896-1981] of St Paul's , NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 3, pp.880-881, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Kenneth Peacock noted that this song appeared in England under the broadside title of The Rakish Young Fellow.


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