This is "A Round of Three Country Dances in One" from the Ravenscroft songbook, written around the turn of the 17th century. All parts are here sung by me.
Sing after, fellows, as you hear me: a toy that seldom is seen-a (x2)
Three country dances in one to be a pretty conceit as I ween-a (x2)
'Robin-hood, Robin-hood,' said Little John, 'Come dance before the queen-a!' (x2)
'In a red petticoat and a green jacket, a white hose and a green-a!' (x2)
The cramp is in my purse full sore, no money will bide therein-a,
And if I had some salve therefore, how lightly then would I sing-a!
Hey, ho, the cramp-a, hey, ho, the cramp-a, hey, ho, the cramp-a
Now foot it as I do, Tom-boy Tom! Now foot it as I do swithen-a (2x)
And hic thou must trick it all alone, till Robin comes leaping in between-a (2x)
released October 29, 2015
By Thomas Ravenscroft, 1590-1633.
Track image is a detail from folio 19v of the Golf Book, a Book of Hours produced in Flanders in the 1540s and now held at the British Library as MS 24098.
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