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There is still a big fair and carnival in Bridgwater in the autumn.
Collected by Cecil Sharp from Bill Bailey(60)at Cannington, Somerset,8th August 1906.
Mixolydian mode

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Bridgwater Fair

All you who roam, both young and old,
Come listen to my story bold.
For miles around, from far and near,
They come to see the rigs of the fair.
O Master John, do you beware!
And don't go kissing the girls at Bridgwater fair.

The lads and lasses they come through
From Stowey, Stogursey and Cannington too.
That farmer from Fiddington, true as my life,
He's come to the fair to look for a wife.
O Master John, do you beware!
And don't go kissing the girls at Bridgwater fair.


There's Tom and Jack, they look so gay,
With Sal and Kit they haste away
To shout and laugh and have a spree,
And dance and sing right merrily.
O Master John, do you beware!
And don't go kissing the girls at Bridgwater fair.


The jovial ploughboys all serene,
They dance the maidens on the green.
Says John To Mary: Don't you know
We won't go home till morning, O?
O Master John, do you beware!
And don't go kissing the girls at Bridgwater fair.



There's carrottty Kit, so jolly and fat,
With her girt flipperty, floppety hat;
A hole in her stocking as big as a crown,
And hoops of her skirt hanging down to the ground.
O Master John, do you beware!
And don't go kissing the girls at Bridgwater fair

But Master Dick, that nasty toad,
He kissed the girls all on the road.
So now to finish up my song
I hope I have said nothing wrong
But don't get dancing on the green
The girls that wear the Crinoline.
O Master John, do you beware!
And don't go kissing the girls at Bridgwater fair



It's up with the fiddle and off with the dance,
The lads and the lasses gaily prance;
And when it's time to go away
They swear to meet again next day.
O Master John, do you beware!
And don't go kissing the girls at Bridgwater fair

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from Alison's Ancestors -- Traditional English Folk Songs, released December 1, 2005
Alison research,all music and recording.
The Crystal Spring English Folksongs Collected by Cecil Sharp Edited by Maud Karpeles (original lyrics)
Also One Hundred English Folksongs Edited by Cecil Sharp (Generally cleaned up lyrics for school books).

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Alison Hull Somerset, UK

Hello ,my name is Alison.
I sing, play guitar,whistle,trombone and hammered dulcimer.
By busking, performing and workshops I pass on songs.
I live in Somerset in southern England where most of my ancestors are from. The Folk singer George Withers was my uncle.
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