#03177
The Ten Commandments (Figgy Duff) video
See also: Come And I Will Sing You (Great Big Sea)
And also: The Twelve Apostles (Kenneth Peacock)
#1905 YouTube video by MyMoppet52
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

Come and I will sing you.
What will you sing me?
I will sing you one O.
What will the one be?
One the one that's all alone,
Forever more shall be so.

Come and I will sing you.
What will you sing me?
I will sing you two O.
What will the two be?
Two of them were lily-white babes,
Clothéd all in green O;
One the one that's all alone,
Forever more shall be so.

Come and I will sing you.
What will you sing me?
I will sing you three O.
What will the three be?
Three of them were drivers,
Two of them were lily-white babes,
Clothéd all in green O;
One the one that's all alone,
Forever more shall be so.

Come and I will sing you.
What will you sing me?
I will sing you four O.
What will the four be?
Four the Gospel creatures,
Three of them were drivers,
Two of them were lily-white babes,
Clothéd all in green O;
One the one that's all alone,
Forever more shall be so.

Come and I will sing.
What will you sing me?
I will sing you five O.
What will the five be?
Five the Flem boys under the bush,
Four the Gospel creatures,
Three of them were drivers,
Two of them were lily-white babes,
Clothéd all in green O;
One the one that's all alone,
Forever more shall be so.

Come and I will sing you.
What will you sing me?
I will sing you six O.
What will the six be?
Six the six bowl wager,
Five the Flem boys under the bush,
Four the Gospel creatures,
Three of them were drivers,
Two of them were lily-white babes,
Clothéd all in green O;
One the one that's all alone,
Forever more shall be so.

Come and I will sing you.
What will you sing me?
I will sing you seven O.
What will the seven be?
Seven the seven stars under the sky,
Six the six bowl wager,
Five the Flem boys under the bush,
Four the Gospel creatures,
Three of them were drivers,
Two of them were lily-white babes,
Clothéd all in green O;
One the one that's all alone,
Forever more shall be so.

Come and I will sing you.
What will you sing me?
I will sing you eight O.
What will the eight be?
Eight the Gabriel angels,
Seven the seven stars under the sky,
Six the six bowl wager,
Five the Flem boys under the bush,
Four the Gospel creatures,
Three of them were drivers,
Two of them were lily-white babes,
Clothéd all in green O;
One the one that's all alone,
Forever more shall be so.

Come and I will sing you.
What will you sing me?
I will sing you nine O.
What will the nine be?
Nine the bright-eyed shiners,
Eight the Gabriel angels,
Seven the seven stars under the sky,
Six the six bowl wager,
Five the Flem boys under the bush,
Four the Gospel creatures,
Three of them were drivers,
Two of them were lily-white babes,
Clothéd all in green O;
One the one that's all alone,
Forever more shall be so.

Come and I will sing you.
What will you sing me?
I will sing you ten O.
What will the ten be?
Ten the ten commandments,
Nine the bright-eyed shiners,
Eight the Gabriel angels,
Seven the seven stars under the sky,
Six the six bowl wager,
Five the Flem boys under the bush,
Four the Gospel creatures,
Three of them were drivers,
Two of them were lily-white babes,
Clothéd all in green O;
One the one that's all alone,
Forever more shall be so.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a traditional cumulative religious song ....####
This variant was recorded on the second album released by Figgy Duff (After The Tempest, trk#11, 1982 LP, Boot Records, Mississauga, Ontario, produced by Tom Treumuth for Hypnotic Productions Inc, and recorded at Soundhouse); and a re-release (After The Tempest, trk#12, 1997 CD, Amber Music, Topsail, NL).

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A variant was arranged and recorded as Come And I Will Sing You by Great Big Sea (The Hard And The Easy, Warner Music Canada, 2005).

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A variant was collected in 1952 from Gordon M Willis [1911-2001] of St John's, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published as The Twelve Apostles in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 3, pp.800-801, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

A variant was also collected in 1980 from Jack Carroll [1908-2008] of Stephenville, NL, by Genevieve Lehr and Anita Best and published as the title song, #23, in Come And I Will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook, pp.39-40, edited by Genevieve Lehr (University of Toronto Press © 1985/2003).

Genevieve Lehr noted that Jack Carroll was originally from Red Island in Placentia Bay and would step-dance while singing this song; his wife, Ellen (Nell) Carroll [1911-1997] usually answered on the second and fourth line of each verse, acting as the second voice. Mr Carroll did not know the meaning of the song but that it was 'stuff from way back, really old, long before anybody's time.' And indeed, this religious song seems to be of some antiquity, having both Christian and Hebrew versions.

Lehr further noted that this cumulative song, known also as the Ten Commandments and The Twelve Apostles, has enjoyed much popularity among folksingers in the southwest of England and throughout North America. Though it has been extensively collected, it is still a curiosity and somewhat of a puzzle to folksong scholars.


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