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The Maid of Tottenham

England.
Dating back to the 16th century.
MIDI


    As I came down from Tottenham
    Upon a market day
    'Twas there I spied a bonny lass
    Her clothing was so gay
    Her journey was to London
    With buttermilk and whey
    So we both jogged on together, my boys
    Sing fal the dal diddle al day

    God speed fair maid, says I to her
    You are well overtook
    At that she cast her head aside
    And gave to me a look
    That was as full of lechery
    As letters in a book
    And we both jogged on together, my boys
    Sing fal the dal diddle al day

    And as we walked along the road
    Together side by side
    This pretty maid of Tottenham
    Her garter came untied
    For fear that she might lose it
    Look out sweetheart, I cried
    Your garter's coming down my love
    Sing fal the dal diddle al day

    O now you've been so venturesome
    So venturesome and free
    O now you've been so venturesome
    Will you tie it up for me ?
    O yes, o yes, if you'll come
    To the undergrove with me
    So we both jogged on together, my boys
    Sing fal the dal diddle al day

    I took her to the undergrove
    Among the grass so green
    The fair maid spread her legs so wide
    That I fell in between
    Such tying of a garter
    You have but seldom seen
    And we both jogged on together, my boys
    Sing fal the dal diddle al day

    O now you've had your will of me
    Pray tell to me your name
    Likewise your occupation
    From where and whence you came
    My name is Johnny the Rover
    From Dublin town I came
    And I live alongside of the Ups and Downs
    Sing fal the dal diddle al day

    So when she came to Tottenham
    Her butter was not sold
    By losing of her maidenhead
    Which made her blood run cold
    He's gone, he's gone, he's gone
    He's not the lad for me
    For he lives alongside of the Ups and Downs
    Sing fal the dal diddle al day


    Key:
         Ups and Downs - nickname of the 69th Foot Regiment.