#02059
The Ram (MacEdward Leach) MIDI
See also: Darby Ram (Shanneyganock)
And also: The Derby Ram (Kenneth Peacock)
And also: The Derby Ram
(John Roberts and Tony Barrand)
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As I was going to market, 'twas on a market day,
I met as fine a ram, sir, as ever was fed on hay;
To me oh ringle darby oh ringle day,
Ringle dingle darby te de fol-derol dee.

The ram was fat behind, sir, the ram was fat before,
The ram was ten year old, sure, I'm sure he was no more;
To me oh ringle darby oh ringle day,
Ringle dingle darby te de fol-derol dee.

Now the wool was on his back, sir, it was so mighty high,
The eagles built their nests and we hear the young ones cry;
To me oh ringle darby oh ringle day,
Ringle dingle darby te de fol-derol dee.

The backbone of this ram, sir, it was so mighty long,
I hear an old sailor say 'twould reach from America to Hong Kong;
To me oh ringle darby oh ringle day,
Ringle dingle darby te de fol-derol dee.

The horns of this ram, sir, they grew so mighty high,
A man went up in February and came down in July;
To me oh ringle darby oh ringle day,
Ringle dingle darby te de fol-derol dee.

The man that killed this ram, sir, was to his knees in blood,
And two or three old women got carried away in the flood;
To me oh ringle darby oh ringle day,
Ringle dingle darby te de fol-derol dee.

The pot the ram was cooked in was forty fathom deep,
The spoon we had to stir it with fifty men could sleep;
To me oh ringle darby oh ringle day,
Ringle dingle darby te de fol-derol dee.

The man that made this song, sir, was neither rich nor poor,
But all I have to say, sir, we'll kick him out the door;
To me oh ringle darby oh ringle day,
Ringle dingle darby te de fol-derol dee.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an English traditional ballad first published as The Ram Of Diram by George R Kinloch in The Ballad Book, 1827, #XXVI, pp.80-81, transcription by Robert B Waltz (CSU Fresno Folklore Reprints, ©2002) ....####

This variant was collected in 1951 from Cyril O'Brien [ca.1902-?] of Trepassey, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive(MUNFLA).

A variant was recorded as Darby Ram by Shanneyganock (The Long Haul, trk#3, 1998, First City Productions/SoundWorks, St John's, NL).

A variant was collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1958 from Clarence Bennett [1926-1993] of St Paul's NL, and published as The Derby Ram in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.10-11, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Another variant was learned from singers of Nottingham Traditional Music Club and recorded as The Derby Ram by John Roberts and Tony Barrand (Dark Ships In The Forest: Ballads Of The Supernatural - Folk Legacy Records, Inc, FSI-65, Cassette 1977, CD 1977).


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