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Rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies © Robert Sommers 2017

Monday, July 8, 2013

Nottamun town



This is an old english folk song that was popularized by Jean Ritchie. It was also recorded by Fairport Convention, Bert Jansch and a host of others. Was a favorite of Jerry Garcia. It may have come from the old english Feast of Fools and is sometimes referred to as the Mummer's song.

In Nottamun Town, not a soul to be seen
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 bought me a horse twas called a grey mare
Grey mane and grey tail and green stripe on her back
Grey mane and grey tail and green stripe on her back
Weren't a hair upon her that was not coal black
She stood so still threw me to the dirt
She tore at my hide, she bruised my shirt
From saddle to stirrup I mounted again
And on my ten toes I rode over the plain
When I got there no one did I see
They all stood around me just looking at me
I called for a cup to drive gladness away
And stifle the dust for it rained the whole day
And the King and the Queen and the company more
Came a riding behind and a walking before
Come a stark naked drummer beating a drum
With his hands in his bosom came marching along
Sat down on a hard cold frozen stone
Ten thousand stood round me but I was alone
Took my hat in my hand to keep my head warm
Ten thousand got drowned that never was born

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