Willy's the lad for me

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WILLY'S THE LAD FOR ME. English, Air (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. The song appears in The Muses Delight (1754) and numerous other songsters of mid- and latter-19th century. It was also printed on song sheets advertised as "sung at Vauxhall" (i.e. Vauxhall pleasure gardens). The words begin:

Since Jenny thinks mean her heart's love to deny,
And Peggy's uneasy when Harry's not by;
I will own, without blushing, were all the world by,
That Willy's the lad, the lad for me,
That Willy's the lad, the lad for me.

He brought me a wreath which his hand did compose,
Where the dale-loving lily was twin'd with the rose;
Young myrtle in sprigs did the border inclose;
And Willy's the lad, the lad for me,
And Willy's the lad, the lad for me.


Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, Book 11), 1760; p. 127.

Recorded sources:




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