Three crowdeys in a day

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X:1 T:Three crowdeys in a day S:Henry Atkinson music manuscript collection (Northumberland, 1694, pp. 132) F: M:4/4 L:1/8 R:Air K:F F2A2c4|F2A2f4|F2A2c2f2|(dc)(BA) G4| F2A2c4|F2A2 f3g|agfd fdcA|cAGF G4|| f4 fg a2|c2A2c4|f4 fg a2|c2A2G4| f4 fg a2|c2A2 f3g|agfd fdcA|cAGF G4||

THREE CROWDEYS IN A DAY. AKA - "O that I had ne'er been married," "Three Times Crowdie in One Day." English, Song Air (whole time). England, Northumberland. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The song melody was entered into the 1694-95 music manuscript collection of Northumbrian musician Henry Atkinson (Morpeth), and later was published in Johnson's Scots Musical Museum, vol. VI (1803, No. 593). The song can also be found as a nursery rhyme.

O, that I had ne'er been married,
I wad never had nae care;
Now I've gotten wife an' weans,
An' they cry 'crowdie' evermair.

Ance crowdie, twice crowdie,
Three times crowdie in a day;
Gin ye 'crowdie' onie mair,
Ye'll crowdie a' my meal away.
Waefu' want and hunger fley me, Glow'rin by the hallan en':
Sair I fecht them at the door,
But ay I'm eerie they come ben.

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