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All Around My Hat (Irish Descendants) video
#1526: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
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All around my hat I wear a green willow,
All around my hat for a twelve-month and a day;
And if anyone should ask me
the reason why I'm wearin' it,
It's all for my true love who's far, far away.

Fare thee well cold winter
and fare thee well cold frost,
Nothin' have I gained but
my own true love I've lost;
I'll sing and I'll be merry
when occasion I do see,
He's a false deluded young man,
let him go, farewell he.

The other night he brought me
a fine diamond ring,
Oh, he's going to have to bribe me
with a far better thing;
But I being careful like lovers ought to be,
He's a false deluded young man,
let him go, farewell he.

All around my hat I wear a green willow,
All around my hat for a twelve-month and a day;
And if anyone should ask me
the reason why I'm wearin' it,
It's all for my true love who's far, far away.

Quarter pound of reason
and a half a pound of sense,
A small sprig of time and as much of prudence;
You mix them all together and you will plainly see,
He's a false deluded young man,
let him go, farewell he.

All around my hat I wear a green willow,
All around my hat for a twelve-month and a day;
And if anyone should ask me
the reason why I'm wearin' it,
It's all for my true love who's far, far away.

All around my hat I wear a green willow,
All around my hat for a twelve-month and a day;
And if anyone should ask me
the reason why I'm wearin' it,
It's all for my true love who's far, far away.

And all around my hat I wear a green willow,
All around my hat for a twelve-month and a day;
And if anyone should ask me
the reason why I'm wearin' it,
It's all for my true love who's far, far away.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of Farewell He, an Irish folk ballad from a female perspective, and a 19th-century British broadside of a parody, All Around My Hat I'll Wear The Green Willow, published by J Pitts (London) sometime between 1819 and 1844, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B11(38) ....####
This variant was originally arranged and recorded by Steeleye Span from a blend of Farewell He and All 'Round My Hat, which hit the pop charts in England in 1975 and made the Top Five, the highest chart placing ever for a traditional song.

This variant recorded by the Irish Descendants (Rollin' Home, trk#12, 1998, published by WEA and distributed by Warner Music Canada, Scarborough, Ontario).


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