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Towersey Fair (John Connolly and Bill Meek)

Hustling bustling, hurrying scurrying,
Laughing and dancing and nobody worrying,
Early early in the morn,
On the road to Towersey Fair.

In Oxfordshire all as I strayed
One fine May morn to take the air,
There I spied a pretty fair maid,
She was going to Towersey Fair.

Hustling bustling, hurrying scurrying,
Laughing and dancing and nobody worrying,
Early early in the morn,
On the road to Towersey Fair.

Says I, "Fair maid, where do you wander,
O'er the fields and meadows gay?"
Says she, "Kind sir, it's over yonder,
To Towersey Fair I'm making me way."

Hustling bustling, hurrying scurrying,
Laughing and dancing and nobody worrying,
Early early in the morn,
On the road to Towersey Fair.

Her eyes they shone like diamonds bright,
Long and golden was her hair,
Her feet were nimble, her step it was light,
As we strode out to Towersey Fair.

Hustling bustling, hurrying scurrying,
Laughing and dancing and nobody worrying,
Early early in the morn,
On the road to Towersey Fair.

T'was on that merry May morning,
We stopped a while to sport and play,
Now the pretty maid's got a ring,
And it's time to name the wedding day.

Hustling bustling, hurrying scurrying,
Laughing and dancing and nobody worrying,
Early early in the morn,
On the road to Towersey Fair.

In Oxfordshire all as I strayed,
One fine May morn to take the air,
There I spied a pretty fair maid,
She was going to Towersey Fair.

Hustling bustling, hurrying scurrying,
Laughing and dancing and nobody worrying,
Early early in the morn,
On the road to Towersey Fair.

Hustling bustling, hurrying scurrying,
Laughing and dancing and nobody worrying,
Early early in the morn,
On the road to Towersey Fair.

####....John Conolly and Bill Meek (By Humber's Brown Water, Mecon, England, 1971/1997)....####

A variant was recorded as Towersy Fair by Ryan's Fancy (Ryan's Fancy Live ©1975, Audat Records).

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

A variant was also recorded by Shanneyganock (Set You Free, Avondale Music, 2004).

See more songs by Shanneyganock.

Towersey Village Festival is an annual festival of folk and world music and traditional dance held in the village of Towersey near Thame, about 15 miles east of Oxford, in Oxfordshire, England. It has taken place every August bank holiday weekend since its founding in 1965.





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