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Carpenter's Boy, The

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Alternative title: Brickster, The

Performer: Pillinger, John
Place Collected: Lechlade
Date collected: Between 1913 and 1916
Collector: Williams, Alfred
Roud Number: 971

This song of happy seduction is actually quite rare.  It exists in a broadside as “The Bricklayer Bold” but the few oral versions have turned our bricklayer into a stone-cutter or a carpenter.  It has only been collected six times, twice in Gloucestershire.

For a locally-collected tune to this song, see


Notes by Gwilym Davies 8 May 2015