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ROOM FOR COMPANY. AKA and see "Green Gown (The)," "Room for Cuckolds." English, Country Dance Air (6/4 time). G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The air appears in Musick's Recreation on the Lyra-Viol (1652), Pills to Purge Melancholy (1707 & 1719), however, the original ballad dates to Elizabethan times and first appear in 1614. Chappell (1859) says a later version of the air was known as "Hunting the Hare (1)."

Room for company, here come good fellows,
Room for comp'ny in Bartholmew Fair.
Cobblers and broom-men, jailers and loom-men,
Room for comp'ny in Bartholmew Fair.
Butchers and tailors, shipwrights and sailors,
Room for company, well may they fare.
Room for company, here come good fellows,
Room for comp'ny in Bartholmew Fair.

Paviers, bricklayers, potters and brickmakers,
Room for comp'ny in Bartholmew Fair.
Pinders and pewterers, plumbers and fruiterers,
Room for company, well may they fare.
Room for company, here come good fellows,
Room for comp'ny in Bartholmew Fair.

Pointers and hosiers, salemen and clothiers,
Horse coursers, carriers, blacksmiths and farriers,

Colliers and carvers, barbers and weavers,
Sergeants and yeomen, farmers and ploughmen,

Bellfounders, felmongers, bellowsmenders, woodmongers,
Pumpmakers, glassmakers, chamberlains and matmakers,

Collarmakers, needlemakers, buttonmakers, fiddlemakers,
Fletchers and bowyers, drawers and sawyers, .... (Digital Tradition) [1]


Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Time, vol. 1), 1859; p. 316.

Recorded sources: - Tank Records BSS 210, Room for Company - "Folklore" (1977). Topic/Impact Records IPP-S104, "Room for Company" (1972).



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