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Nothing Else to Do

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Performer: Spiers, Alfred
Place Collected: Southrop
Date collected: Between 1913 and 1916
Collector: Williams, Alfred
Roud Number: 1265

This humorous ditty goes back a couple of hundred years, with the title “Summer was Over” or “Naught else to do”.  It seems probable that the song got tranformed at some stage into the comic song “My name is Bill Muggins” or “I Don’t Mind/Care if I do” (Roud 847) although the two songs happily co-existed.  In this format the song only appears in England.


Notes by Gwilym Davies 3 April 2016