Ammon Wrigley - "Bill's o' Jack's"

The following is a transcription of a work by Saddleworth poet Ammon Wrigley (1861-1946).

Bill’s o’ Jack’s

A Song for Lads and Lasses

As I walked out to Bill’s O’ Jack’s
When Maytime winds were blowing
I heard the grouse cock on the moor
Among the wimberry crowing.
Singing hey O, folla lolla lay
The Merry Merry May,
The Merry Merry Merry Merry Maytime.
I met a maid on Pots and Pans,
A roaming through the heather,
I told her Life was twice as sweet
When two walked out together.
Singing hey O, folla lolla lay
The Merry Merry May,
The Merry Merry Merry Merry Maytime.
Her face was like a morn in June
Her hair blown o’er her shoulder
The noon-blue skies were in her eyes
‘Twas heaven to behold her.
Singing hey O, folla lolla lay
The Merry Merry May,
The Merry Merry Merry Merry Maytime.
“When maids are tied to men” she said
“‘Tis always for the worse sir
There is no man upon this earth
That’s worth a tinkers curse sir’.
Singing hey O, folla lolla lay
The Merry Merry May,
The Merry Merry Merry Merry Maytime.
“My arm will fit your waist” I said
“Just once around my Lily”
She looked on me so pleasantly
“Oh no, I’m not so silly”.
Singing hey O, folla lolla lay
The Merry Merry May,
The Merry Merry Merry Merry Maytime.
“There’s a kiss for me in your red lips
Just one, just one my honey.”
She answered me so laughingly
“No not for love or money”.
Singing hey O, folla lolla lay
The Merry Merry May,
The Merry Merry Merry Merry Maytime.
So there and then I stole a kiss
“You thief I'll tell my mother”
But her blue eyes they seemed to say,
Why don’t you steal another.
Singing hey O, folla lolla lay
The Merry Merry May,
The Merry Merry Merry Merry Maytime.
There’s bread and wine at Bill’s O’ Jack’s
For all good lads and lasses
Then take your fling Time’s on the wing,
And soon Life’s morning passes.
Singing hey O, folla lolla lay
The Merry Merry May,
The Merry Merry Merry Merry Maytime.

Ammon Wrigley - "Bill's o' Jack's"

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