#00962
Misty Moisty Morning (Rankin Street) video
#207: YouTube video by bodhrannf ©2008
~ Used with permission ~

One misty moisty morning,
when cloudy was the weather,
I met with an old man,
he was clothèd all in leather;
He was clothèd all in leather
with his cap beneath his chin, singing,
Howdedo and howdedo and howdedo again.

I went a little further
and there I met a maid,
Well a maid a-goin' a-milking,
and milkin', sir, she said;
And I began to compliment
and she began to sing, singing,
Howdedo and howdedo and howdedo again.

This rustic was a treasure
as on his way he hied,
All with a little bottle
fast buckled by his side;
He wore no shirt upon his back
but wool unto his skin, singing,
Howdedo and howdedo and howdedo again.

This maid, her name was Dolly,
clothed in a gown of grey,
And feeling somewhat jolly,
persuaded her to stay;
And then in kind embraces
I strolled her double chin, singing,
Howdedo and howdedo and howdedo again.

I said that I would married be
and she would be my bride,
And lonely should not tarry
and twenty things beside;
I'll plough and mow and reap and sow
and you will sit and spin, singing,
Howdedo and howdedo and howdedo again.

Her parents then consented,
all parties were agreed,
Her portion thirty shillings,
we married were with speed;
And Will, the piper, he did play,
while others dance and sing, singing,
Howdedo and howdedo and howdedo again.

Now, Bobby plays the mandolin
for the many damsels gay,
Along with Fay and Dolly
to celebrate the day;
And when they came together
their hats they all did fling, singing,
Howdedo and howdedo and howdedo again;
Singing, howdedo and howdedo
and howdedo and howdedo again.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad, The Wittshire Wedding: Between Daniel Do-Well And Doll The Dairy-Maid published by an unknown printer without a date, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Douce Ballads 2(256b) ....####
This variant was arranged and recorded by Rankin Street (Pre-GBS tape - Live At The Blarneystone Pub in St John's, NL, trk#5, 1991, NRA Productions, Ltd).

See more songs by Great Big Sea.

The video above features an excellent performance of a variant by Stephen Rowe of Heart's Content and Gander, NL.

A variant was also published as One Misty, Moisty Morning in 1962 by William S Baring-Gould and Ceil Baring-Gould in The Annotated Mother Goose, #140, p.114.



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