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Nottamun Town (Gary Burton) video
#2278: YouTube video by gdgest
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In Nottamun Town not a soul would look up,
Not a soul would look up,
not a soul would look down;
Not a soul would look up,
not a soul would look down,
To show me the way to fair Nottamun Town.

I rode a big horse that was called a grey mare,
Grey mane and grey tail,
green stripes down her back,
Grey mane and grey tail,
green stripes down her back,
There weren't a hair on her
but what was coal black.

So the King and Queen and a company of men,
Was walking behind and riding before;
Come a stark naked drummer, a-beating the drum,
With his hands in his pockets, come marching along.

In Nottamun Town not a soul would look up,
Not a soul would look up,
not a soul would look down;
Not a soul would look up,
not a soul would look down,
To show me the way to fair Nottamun Town.

####.... Author unknown. Abbreviated variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad,The Old Gray Mare ("As I was a going to Nottingham fair") as sung originally by W B Cavanagh, Comedian, at Barnum's Museum, published by H De Marsan, Dealer in Songs, Toy-books etc, No.54 Chatham St, New York, sometime between 1861 and 1864, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 18(687) ....####
From Wikipedia:
Nottamun Town - fairly popular song in the English Midlands, particularly in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Southern Yorkshire and Northamptonshire, which lends credence to the theory that the Nottamun in the song is a corruption of Nottingham.

The video above features a live performance of an abbreviated variant by Gary Burton in 1981 at the Fifth Annual Newfoundland Folk Festival in St John's, NL.



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