Folk Songs and Footpaths: Part 2


Day 2 – Cocking to Amberley, 13 miles

Listen here ->

may I be gay – e.e. cummings
may I be gay
like every lark
who lifts his life

from all the dark who wings his why

beyond because
and sings an if

of day to yes

(listen) – e.e. cummings 


this a dog barks and
how crazily houses
eyes people smiles
faces streets
steeples are eagerly


ing through wonder
ful sunlight
– look –


,come quickly come
run run
with me now
jump shout(laugh
dance cry

sing)for it’s Spring

– irrevocably;
and in
earth sky trees
where a miracle arrives


you and I may not
hurry it with
a thousand poems
my darling
but nobody will stop it

With All the Policemen In The World

A – Maying (Heyshott)

Oh my daddy has gone to the market a mile and my mammy she’s minding the mill all the while.

In comes my dear Johnny and this he was saying, go with me my Betsy and we’ll go a-maying

Oh no dearest Johnny it’s a folly to ask for my mammy’s a spinning she’s set me a task,

Says he cut the tyre let the cows go a-staying, for the time will go sweetly while we go a-maying

My daddy he asked oh where had I been? My mammy she told him I’d the cows to fetch in.

My mammy she said somewhere I’d been a-playing, but she never had no thoughts that I’d been a-maying

If my Johnny proves true, which I hope that he will. Then we will get married and honour the mill.

My daddy and mammy we will leave them a-staying, for the time went so sweetly while we were a-maying.

David Miles / 12 Nov 1912 / Heyshott / Dorothy Marshall


The Bee Worsle, Duncton

The Apple Worsle, Duncton

Link to Dorothy Marshall article –  Marshall (many thanks to EDFSS library)
Halnaker Mill, Stane Street
David Miles, Heyshott
Oakscroft, Heyshott
May celebrations 1904, Heyshott
The Cobbler, Henry Burstow
The Spotted Cow, John Rowe
Green Bushes from the Edwin Spooner who we mentioned, collected from the workhouse in Midhurst, this is one song of many
Barbara Allen tune, Mr Dearling, West Burton
Barbara Allen lyrics, David Miles, Heyshott
FYI A version of BA collected from Terwick Sussex
What’s the Life of a Man, Frank Dawtrey, Crowshole
Green Bushes, Mr and Mrs Stemp, Trotton
Cruel Father and Affectionate Lovers, Mr Viney, Houghton
The Servant Man tune, Walter Searle, Amberley
The Servant Man lyrics, Walter Searle, Amberley
The Servant Man lyrics, John Searle, Amberley
Interview with Bob Lewis by Vic Smith:
The Ones That Got Away:
As I was Going Up Cocking Hill, Jim Madgwill, Henry Hill, Clive Carey 1911
The Hounds Are All Out in The Morning, The Spanish Shore, Barley Mow, Will Of The Waggon Train, Frank Dawtrey, Clive Carey 1911
Come All You Worthy Christians, Green Broom, The Nutting GIrl, The Miller Of Staffordshire, Lord Thomas and Fair Elenor, Van Dieman’s Land, I Am A Brisk And Bonny Lass, Twanky Dillo, Old King Cole, Nothing Else To Do (all lyrics only), David Miles, Heyshott, Dorothy Marshall 1912
Old Reynard, Seven Long Miles, Sober Jenny, Little Mary, Pretty Sally, The Murderer (all lyrics only), John Rowe, Duncton, Clive Carey and Dorothy Marshall 1912
Highland Soldier, Ploughboy’s Glory, You Seaman Bold, Barbara Allen, Jolly Ploughboys (all music only), Mr Dearling, West Burton, George Butterworth 1907
The Cobbler and The Miser, The Irish Stranger, Farmer Waterloo, Amberley, John Searle, Lucy Broadwood 1901
Bonny Bunch Of Roses Oh!, Come My Own One, Amberley, Walter Searle, Lucy Broadwood 1901

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