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Bachelor's Hall (Steeleye Span)
See also: Bachelor's Hall (Kenneth Peacock)

I rode seven horses all to death,
I rode them till they had no breath;
I wore five saddles to the trees,
None of those girls will marry me.

Those women will fret, those women will fuss,
They spend five hours before their glass;
The devil take all, I'll have none at all,
Always stay single, keep Bachelor's Hall.

Stay, stay close to my door,
Bachelor's Hall, Bachelor's Hall;
I'll always stay single,
Keep Bachelor's Hall.
Bachelor's Hall, Bachelor's Hall;
I'll always stay single,
Keep Bachelor's Hall.

Bachelor's Hall, Bachelor's Hall;
I'll always stay single,
Keep Bachelor's Hall.
Bachelor's Hall, Bachelor's Hall;
I'll always stay single,
Keep Bachelor's Hall.

The women 'round here they live by the door,
They give us a word and repeat it twice o'er;
Then they add to it as much as they can,
Always stay single, a bachelor man.

Bachelor's Hall is always the best,
If you're sick, drunk, or sober, it's always a rest;
No woman to scold you, no children to bawl,
Always stay single, keep Bachelor's Hall.

Stay, stay close to my door,
Bachelor's Hall, Bachelor's Hall;
I'll always stay single,
Keep Bachelor's Hall.
Bachelor's Hall, Bachelor's Hall;
I'll always stay single,
Keep Bachelor's Hall.

####.... Author unknown ....####

This variant was arranged and recorded by Steeleye Span (All Around My Hat, Chrysalis, 1975).

A variant was also collected in 1951 from Howard Morry of Ferryland, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published as Bachelor's Hall in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.237-238, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

From Chambers Dictionary ©2006 Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, Edinburgh, Scotland:
Bachelor's Hall - any place in which a man is free from the restraining presence of a wife; the state of having such freedom, often in the phrase to keep bachelor's hall.


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