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I Went to Market

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Performer: Sallis, Arthur
Place Collected: Dumbleton
Date collected: 1968
Collector: Duddridge, Peter
Roud Number: 544

This cheerful ditty is in the old tradition of cumulative chorus songs.  Many versions have been collected on both sides of the Atlantic, with names such as The Farmyard Song, The Barnyard Song or I had a Little Rooster. Versions can be traced back to a Scottish manuscript of the 1780s, and it is still turning up in oral tradition.

Notes by Gwilym Davies March 2021