Songs from the album
'ALL AROUND MY HAT'

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All Around My Hat

Batchelors' Hall

Black Jack Davy

Cadgwith Anthem

Dance With Me

Gamble Gold

Hard Times Of Old England

The Wife Of Ushers Well

All Around My Hat
Trad. Arr - Steeleye Span

First Chorus - Unaccompanied
All around my hat I will wear the green willow
And All around my hat for a twelve month and a day
And if any one should ask me the reason why I'm wearing it
It's all for my true love who's far, far away.

Verse 1
[D]Fare thee[A] well cold[D] winter and fare thee well cold[A] frost
[D]Nothing [A]have I [D]gained but my own true[E] love I've[A] lost
I'll sing and I'll be merr [D]- y when oc [G]- cassion I[Bm] do see
He's a [D]false de [A]- luding young[D] man let him go f[A]are-wel[D]l he

Verse 2
Other night he brought me a fine diamond ring
But he thought to have deprived me of a far better thing
But I being careful like lovers ought to be
He's a false deluding young man let him go farewell he and

Chorus
[D]All aro[A]und my [D]hat I will wear the green [A]willow
And [D]All ar[A]ound my[D] hat for a twelve month [E]and a [A]day
And if any one should ask[D] me the [G]reason why I'm[Bm] wearing it
[A]It's [D]all [A]for my tru[D]e love who's far, [A]far away. [D] [C]

Instrumental
[F] [C] [F] [C] [G] [C] [A] [E] [A]

Verse 3
Quarter pound of reasons and a half a pound of sense
A small sprig of time and as much of prudence
You mix them all together and you will plainly see
He's a much deluding young man let him go farewell he and

Chorus

Instrumental

Chorus

Chorus (Omit last C chord on final chorus)

 

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Black Jack Davy
Trad. Arr - Steeleye Span

Intro
[Gm Omit 3rd] [F] [C] [F] [Gm Omit 3rd] [Gm] [F] [C] [F] [Gm Omit 3rd]

Verse 1
[Gm]Late last night when the[F] squire came home
En -[C] quiring[F] for his[Gm] lady
Some denied and[F] some replied
She's[C] gone with the [F]Black Jack[Gm] Davy

Verse 2
Go saddle to me the bonny brown steed
For the grey was never so speedy
I'll ride all day and I'll ride all night
'Till I catch that Black Jack Davy

Chorus
[Gm]Oh he[D] rode up[D7] hills and he[Bm7] rode down[D] dales
Over[G] many a [C]wild high[G] mountain
And [D]they did [D7]say that[Bm7] saw him [D]go
[C]Black [G]Jack [Bb]Da -[F] vy[Am] he [Em]is [Cmaj7] - hunt -[D] ing [C] [Bb] [Am] [D] [G]

Verse 3
He rode east and he rode west
All in the morning early
Until he spied his lady fair
Cold and wet and weary.

Verse 4
Why did you leave your house and land
Why did you leave your baby
Why did you leave your own wedded lord
To go with the Black Jack Davy

Chorus

Verse 5
What care I for your Goose feather bed
With the sheets turned down so bravely
When I may sleep on the ploughed up ground
Along with the Black Jack Davy.

Verse 6
And I'll take off my high heeled shoes
All made of the Spanish leather
And I'll put on my lowland brogues
And trip it o'er the heather

Chorus

Last Chorus
[Gm]Oh he[D] rode up[D7] hills and he[Bm7] rode down[D] dales
Over[G] many a [C]wild high[G] mountain
And [D]they did [D7]say that[Bm7] saw him [D]go
[C]Black [G]Jack [Bb]Da -[F] vy[Am] he [Em]is [Cmaj7] - hunt -[D] ing[C] [Bb] [Am] [D] [G] [C] [G] [Bb] [F] [Am] [Em] [Cmaj7] [D] [Em]

 

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Batchelors' Hall
Trad. Arr - Steeleye Span

Intro
[E7sus4] [A] [E7sus4] [A]
[E7sus4] [A] [E7sus4] [A]

Verse 1
I [E7sus4] rode seven[A] horses[E7sus4] all to[A] death
I [E No 3rd.] rode them till they[E7 No 3rd.] had no[E No 3rd.] breath
I [E7sus4] wore five[A] saddles[E7sus4] to the[A] trees
[A]None of those girls will[E7 No 3rd.] marry[A] me

Bridge
[E7sus4] [A] [E7sus4] [A]

Verse 2
Those women will fret those women will fuss
They spend five hours before their glass
The devil take all I'll have none at all
Always stay single keep batchelors' hall

Chorus
[E]Stay stay[D] close to my[A] door[D][A]
[Bm]
Batche [C#m]- lor's[D] hall[A] batchelors'[D] hall
[A]Always stay[E] single keep[F#m] batchelors'[E] hall
[Bm]Batche [C#m]- lors'[D] hall [A]batche -[B] lors'[E] hall
I'll[A] always stay[E] single keep[A] batche -[D] lors'[A] hall[D][A]
[Bm]
Batche [C#m]- lor's[D] hall[A] batchelors'[D] hall
[A]Always stay[E] single keep[F#m] batchelors'[E] hall
[Bm]Batche [C#m]- lors'[D] hall [A]batche -[B] lors'[E] hall
I'll[A] always stay[E] single keep[A] batche -[D] lors'[A] hall

Verse 3
The women round here they live by the door
They hear but a word and repeat it twice o'er
Then they add to it as much as they can
Always stay single a batchelor man

Coda
[E7sus4][D][A][E7sus4][D][A]
[A]
Batche [D]- lors'[A] hall is always[D] the[A] best
If you're sick, drunk or[E] sober it's[D] always a[E] rest
No[A] woman[D] to[A] scold you, no[D] children to[A] bawl
Al - [F#m]ways stay sin - [D]gle keep batchelors'[A] hall

Chorus

Finish (Repeat to fade)
[A]Batche -[D] lors'[A] hall batche -[D] lors'[A] hall

 

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The Wife Of Ushers Well
Trad. Arr - Steeleye Span

Intro
[C] [G] [D] [C]
[D] [C] [D] [C] [D] [C] [D]

Verse 1
[G]There lived a wife in Ush[Em]ers Well
[C]A wealthy [G/B]wife was she[Am][Am/G]
She[D/F#] had three st[D]out and [G]stalwart so[Em]ns
And [C]sent them o'er the se[D]a
[C]They had not [D]been from [C]Ushers We[D]ll
A wee[G]k but [C]barely o[D]ne
[C]When word [D]came to this [C]carlin wi[D]fe
That [G]her three [C]sons were go[D]ne[G] [C] [D]

First Chorus
[D]I wish the [C]wind[G] may never [D]cease
Nor flashes [C]in the flo[D]od
Till my three sons return to [C]me
In [D]earthly flesh and blood[C]
[D]
Earthly [C]flesh and [D]blood

Verse 2
It fell about the Martinmas
The nights were long and dark
Three sons came home to Ushers Well
Their hats were made of bark
That neither grew in forest green
Nor on any wooded rise
But from the north side of the tree
That grows in Paradise

Second Chorus
Blow up the fire my merry, merry maidens
Bring Water from the well
For all my house shall feed this night
Since my three sons are well
My three sons are well

Instrumental (As Intro)

Verse 3
Then up and crowed the blood red cock
And up and crowed the grey
The oldest to the youngest said
It's time we were away
For the cock does crow and the day doth show
And the channerin worm doth chide
And we must go from Ushers Well
To the gates of Paradise

Third Chorus
I wish the wind may never cease
Nor flashes in the flood
Till my three sons return to me
In earthly flesh and blood
Earthly flesh and blood

Finish (As Intro)

 

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Dance With Me
Trad. Arr - Steeleye Span

Intro
[G] [F#m] [Em] [C] [G/B] [A] [A/G] [D/F#] [C/E] [D/F#]
[G] [F#m] [Em] [C] [G/B] [A] [A/G] [D/F#] [C/E] [D/F#]

Verse 1
A[G] knight he rode his[F#m] lonely way
[Em]Thinking about his [C]wedding da -[Em7]y
As [A]he rode through a [A7/G]forest near
The [D/F#]elf king's daughter[C] did app - [D]ear

[G]Out she stepped from the [F#m]Elfin band
[Em]Smiling she held [C]out her han -[Em7] d
[A]Welcome sir knight [A7/G]why such speed
[D/F#]Come with me the [C]dance to [D]lead

Chorus
[G]Dance, dance [Gmaj7/F#]follow me
[G7/F]Round and round the [C]green - [G]wood tree
[G]Dance, dance [Gmaj7/F#]while you may
To -[G7/F] morrow is your[C] dy - [G]ing day
[D7]Dance [G/D]with [D]me, [C]dance [G/B]with [A]me

Fill
[A] [D] [A] [D]

Verse 2
Listen sir knight come dance with me
Spurs of gold I'll give to thee
Dance neither I will give nor may
Tomorrow is my wedding day

Please sir knight come dance with me
A shirt of silk I'll give to thee
A shirt of silk so white and fine
My mother has bleached in the moonbeams shine

Chorus

Fill
[A] [D] [A] [D]

Verse 3
Please sir knight come dance with me
A crown of gold I'll give to thee
Your crown of gold I'll freely take
But I'll not join your elfin wake

Do you refuse to dance with me
A plague of death shall follow thee
Between his shoulders a blow she dealt
Such a blow he'd never felt

Chorus

Fill
[A] [D] [A] [D]

LastChorus

Finish
[A] [D] [A7] [G] [D]

 

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Gamble Gold
Trad. Arr - Steeleye Span

Intro
[G] [C] [G] [D]

Verse 1
[G] [C] [G] [D] [G]There chanced to be a [C]pedlar bold
A [G]pedlar bold he [D7]chanced to be
He [G]rolled his pack all [Am]on his back
And [C]he came trippin' [D]o'er the lea[C] [D]

By [G]chance he met two [C]troublesome blades
[G]Troublesome blades they [D7]chanced to be
[G]One of them was [Am]Robin Hood
The [C]other was Little [D]John so free[C] [D]

Chorus
[Em]Gentle - [Bm]men of [G]high born [D]blood
[G]Gam - [G/B]ble [C]Gold [G/B]and [D]Rob - [D7/F#]in [G]Hood
[C] [G] [D]

Verse 2
"Oh pedlar, pedlar what's in the pack?
Come speedily and tell to me".
"I've several suits of the gay green silk
And silken bow strings two or three".

"If you have suits of the gay green silk
And silken bow strings two or three".
"Then 'by my body'" cries Robin Hood
"Half your pack belongs to me".

Chorus

Verse 3
"Oh no, oh no" says the pedlar bold
"No that can never be
There's never a man in Nottingham
Can take one half my pack from me"

Then Robin Hood he drew his sword
And the pedlar by his pack did stand
They fought 'till the blood in streams did flow
And he cries "Pedlar hold your hand!"

Chorus

Verse 4
"Oh pedlar, pedlar what's thy name?
Come speedily and tell to me".
"I'm Gamble Gold of the gay green woods,
I've travelled far beyond the sea".

"If you're Gamble Gold of the gay green woods,
Then my cousin you must be
Let us away to a tavern near
And bottles crack most merrily".

LastChorus
[Em]Gentle - [Bm]men of [G]high born [D]blood
[G]Gam - [G/B]ble [C]Gold [G/B]and [D]Rob - [D7/F#]in [G]Hood
[C] [G] [D] [G]
[G]
Gam - [G/B]ble [C]Gold [G/B]and [D]Rob - [D7]in [G]Hood

 

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Hard Times Of Old England
Trad. Arr - Steeleye Span

Verse 1
[G]Come all brother tradesmen that travel the land
Oh [C]pray come and te - [D]ll me where the [C]trade is all [G]gone
Long time have I travelled and I [C]cannot find [G]none

Chorus
And sing [D]Oh the hard times of old [G]England
In old [C]England [D]very hard [G]times

Verse 2
Provisions you buy at the shop it is true
But if you've no money there's none there for you
So what's a poor man and his family to do

Chorus

Verse 3
You must go to the shop and you'll ask for a job
They'll answer you there with a shake and a nod
And that's enough to make a man turn out a rob

Chorus

Verse 4
You will see the poor tradesman a walking the street
From morning 'till night for employment to seek
And scarce have they got any shoes on their feet

Chorus

Instrumental - As verse + Chorus

Verse 5
Our soldiers and sailors have just come from war
Been fighting for Queen and country this year
Come home to be starved better stayed where they were

Chorus

Verse 6
And now to conclude and to finish my song
Let us hope that these hard times they will not last long
I hope soon to have occasion to alter my song

Last Chorus x 5
[D]Oh the good times of old [C]Eng - [G]land
In old [C]England [D]jolly good [G]times

 

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Cadgwith Anthem
Trad. Arr - Steeleye Span

No chords to this as it is meant to be sung unaccompanied. Steeleye sing it as a four part harmony in the key of Eb.

Verse 1
Come fill up your glasses and let us be merry
For to rob bags of plunder it is our intent

Chorus
As we roam through the valleys
Where the lilies and the roses
And the beauty of Kashmir lay drooping his head
Then away, then away, then away
To the caves in yonder mountain
Where the robbers retreat

Verse 2
Hush, hush in the distance there's footsteps approaching
Stand, stand and deliver it is our watch cry.

Chorus

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