#02622
Darby Ram (Shanneyganock) video
See also: The Ram (MacEdward Leach)
And also: The Derby Ram (Kenneth Peacock)
And also: The Derby Ram (Roberts & Barrand)
#1102: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

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As I went down to Darby,
'twas on a summer's day,
I spied the finest ram, sir,
that ever was fed on hay;
Now, the horns upon this ram, sir,
they reached up to the moon,
And a man climbed up in January,
never came back till June.

And indeed, me lads, it's true,
me lads, I've never been known to lie;
And if you'd have been in Darby,
you'd have seen the same as I.

Now, the tail upon this ram, sir
it grew down into hell;
And every time he waggled it,
he rang the firemen's bell;
And the horns upon this ram, sir,
they grew so mighty wide,
They'd a coach and six of gold bricks,
with a coachman by their side.

And indeed, me lads, it's true,
me lads, I've never been known to lie;
And if you'd have been in Darby,
you'd have seen the same as I.

Now the wool upon this ram,
sir, it grew as fast as sin,
And it took all the women in Darby town,
a hundred years to spin;
Now, the man that killed this ram,
sir, he ducked down in the blood,
And all the rest of the men,
sir, were washed out in the flood.

And indeed, me lads, it's true,
me lads, I've never been known to lie;
And if you'd have been in Darby,
you'd have seen the same as I.

Now the man who owned this ram,
sir, he need be very strict;
And the man who rhymed this song,
sir, was a lying sonofa....

And indeed, me lads, it's true,
me lads, I've never been known to lie;
And if you'd have been in Darby,
you'd have seen the same as I.

And indeed, me lads, it's true,
me lads, I've never been known to lie;
And if you'd have been in Darby,
you'd have seen the same as I.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an English traditional fantasy song first published as The Ram Of Diram by George R Kinloch in The Ballad Book, 1827, #XXVI, pp.80-81 ....####
This variant recorded by Shanneyganock (The Long Haul, trk#3, 1998, First City Productions/SoundWorks, St John's, NL).

See more songs by Shanneyganock.

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

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

A variant was learned from singers of the 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 1997, Side 2, Band 1).

Coach And Six - coach drawn by six horses (Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1859).



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