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O Then, O Then

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Performer: Mills, James
Place Collected: South Cerney
Date collected: Between 1913 and 1916
Collector: Williams, Alfred
Roud Number: 437

A song which is probably better known than collectors would have us believe, given its singability, joviality and the possibility of remembering it on one hearing. The song is at least 200 years old, with a Scottish version dating from 1815. It is widely sung in the USA.

For a Gloucestershire version with a tune, see

Notes by Gwilym Davies 2 July 2015