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Jock the Leg and the Merry Merchant

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Jock the Leg and the Merry Merchant

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Jock the Leg and the Merry Merchant

Jock the Leg and the merry merchant
Went up to London town, O,
They had twa packs upon their twa backs
And I wyte they were weel tied on, O

    [Repeat the last two lines of each stanza.]

They traivelled up & they traivelled doon,
Till they came to London Inn, O,
Says lock the Leg to the merry merchant
Nae farther will we gang, O.

When mass was sung & bells was rung,
And a' wis bound for bed, O,
Jock the Leg and the merry merchant
Were both in one bed laid, O.

They hadna been an hour in bed,
An hour but barely one, O,
Says Jock the Leg to the merry merchant
We'll rise & gang again, O.

Never a fit says the merry merchant,
Till daylight I do see, O,
There's one, they call him Jock the Leg,
He vows he will rob me, O.

Ye'll gang in by Netherdale,
And in by Coventry, O,
And I will warrant Jock the Leg
That he winna trouble thee, O.

He gaed in by Netherdale,
And in by the Coventry. O,
And woe be to him, Jock the Leg,
For fast fast followed he, O.

Your pack your pack upo' your back,
Your pack & every pin, O,
There's nae a neuk in a' your pack
But my hand shall he in, O.

Never a fit, says the merry merchant,
Will I lowse my pack to thee, O,
As lang's the sword hings by my side
I'll fecht until I dee, O.

They fought up and they fought down
Wi' the swords o' the tempered steel, O,
They fought up and they fought down,
Till the blood ran owre their heels, O.

He's Putten his whistle to his mouth
And he's blown it loud & shrill, O,
As six o' his well-armed men
Came tripping down the hill, O.

Ye'll tak' sax o' your bravest men,
And yersel' the seventh to be, O,
Gin ye pit me ae fit frae my back
Ye'll get it a' for me, O

They fought up and they fought down,
Till daylight they did see, O,
Though they should hae fought till that day month
One fit he wadna jee, O.

Ye'll tak' your pack upon your back
And ye'll traivel by land or sea, O,
At kirk or market where we meet,
And ye'll get nae ill frae me, O.

I'll tak' my pack upon my back
And I'll traivel by land & by sea, O,
And at kirk or market where we meet
I'll hae nae ill frae thee, O.

Child #282
From Bronson, Singing Tradition of Child's Popular Ballads
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oct97
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