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FURZE FIELD, THE. English, Air and Morris Dance Tune (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB, x4. From the Bampton, England, area. The song "The Furze Field" begins:

I have got a furze field, me own dearest jewel,
Where all me fine pheasant’s do fly;
And if you come a shootin’ when shootin’s in season,
I’ll tell you love how to proceed.
You’ll bring your dogs with you, your gun in your hand,
All loaded and primed and all at your command.
When pheasants take flight, you must take sight,
You shoot the next moment, you’re sure to be right.


Source for notated version: Micheal Blandford, Arnold Woodley (Bampton) [Bacon]

Printed sources: Bacon (A Handbook of Morris Dances), 1974; p. 39a. Mallinson (Mally's Cotswold Morris Book, vol. 1), 1988; No. 9, p. 11.

Recorded sources: OCK Records 060, The Geckoes – "Red Horse" (2000).




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