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As I Roved Out (The Fables) MIDI, video
See also: As I Roved Out (Great Big Sea)
And also: As I Roved Out (Ryan's Fancy)
And also: Seventeen Come Sunday (Peacock)
And also: I'll Be Seventeen Come Sunday (Peacock)
#1151 YouTube video by TheNewfoundlandMusic
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As I roved out on a May mornin',
On a May mornin' right early;
I met me love upon the road,
And, Lord, but she was early.

Her boots were black and her stockings white,
And her buckles shone like silver;
She had a dark and rovin' eye,
And her earrings tipped her shoulder.

And she sang, a-litta-doo-de,
litta-doo-da, litta-doo-da-dee,
She-hiddle-dum-a-dee, she-hiddle-dum-a-dee,
and she-landae.

What age are you, me nice, sweet girl?
What age are you, me darlin'?
Quite modestly she answered me,
I'll be seventeen come Sunday.

Will ya come to me house in the middle of the night,
When the moon is shining clearly?
And I'll arise to let you in,
Even though you are a stranger.

And she sang, a-litta-doo-de,
litta-doo-da, litta-doo-da-dee,
She-hiddle-dum-a-dee, she-hiddle-dum-a-dee,
and she-landae.

Will ya marry me now, me soldier lad?
Will ya marry me now or never?
Will ya marry me, me soldier lad?
Ya see I'm done forever?

No, I won't marry you, said the soldier lad,
No, I won't marry you, me darlin';
For I have got a wife at home,
How could I disown her?

And she sang, a-litta-doo-de,
litta-doo-da, litta-doo-da-dee,
She-hiddle-dum-a-dee, she-hiddle-dum-a-dee,
and she-landae.

A pint at night is my delight,
And a gallon in the mornin';
The old women are my heartbreak,
And the young one's are me darlin's.

And she sang, a-litta-doo-de,
litta-doo-da, litta-doo-da-dee,
She-hiddle-dum-a-dee, she-hiddle-dum-a-dee,
and she-landae.

And she sang, a-litta-doo-de,
litta-doo-da, litta-doo-da-dee,
She-hiddle-dum-a-dee, she-hiddle-dum-a-dee,
and she-landae.

As I roved out on a May mornin',
On a May mornin' right early;
I met me love upon the road,
And, Lord, but she was early.

And she sang, a-litta-doo-de,
litta-doo-da, litta-doo-da-dee,
She-hiddle-dum-a-dee, she-hiddle-dum-a-dee,
and she-landae.

And she sang, a-litta-doo-de,
litta-doo-da, litta-doo-da-dee,
She-hiddle-dum-a-dee, she-hiddle-dum-a-dee,
and she-landae.

####.... Variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad [Laws O17] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957). Also a variant of a British broadside ballad, Seventeen Come Sunday, published by J Paul and Co (London) sometime between 1838 and 1845, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Firth b.34(67) ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by The Fables (A Time / The Fables, trk#8, 2000, Tidemark Music Distribution, Halifax, Nova Scotia).

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A variant was also recorded as As I Roved Out by Great Big Sea - Pre GBS (Rankin Street Tape - Live At The Blarneystone, 1991).

See more songs by Great Big Sea.

Another variant was arranged and recorded as As I Roved Out by Ryan's Fancy (Irish Love Songs, Boot Records 1982.

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

A variant was also recorded by Kenneth Peacock as Seventeen Come Sunday on the album Songs and Ballads of Newfoundland, Folkways FG 3505, LP (1956) Cut #B.07.

Two variants were collected by Kenneth Peacock and published as I'll Be Seventeen Come Sunday in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.



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