The Ploughboy and the Cockney

from by Cara Luft

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Traditional, arr. by Cara Luft

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The Ploughboy and the Cockney 

- Traditional, arr. Cara Luft

It’s of a London cockney I now will relate
He went into the country to find himself a mate
He went into the country to find himself a mate

He rode and he rode until he came to some public town

And there he alighted to drink at the Crown
And there he alighted to drink at the Crown

A beautiful damsel he there did espy
Which caused him to tarry and therefore to bide
Which caused him to tarry and therefore to bide

He said, “My fair damsel, if you will be mine

Then all the gold and silver I have shall be thine
Then all the gold and silver I have shall be thine.”

But a ploughboy was standing by and hearin’ him say so

He said, “Me London cockney, I know what I know,”
He said, “Me London cockney, I know what I know.”

“We shall take up our arrows and go fight in the field

We’ll fight a good battle and gain her good will,
We’ll fight a good battle and gain her good will.”

And when he said this, he gave him such a blow
“Oh, now me London cockney, you know what I know!
Now me London cockney, you know what I know!”

Oh, it never shall be said on all the plough bench
That a ploughboy was not willin’ to fight for his wench 
That a ploughboy was not willin’ to fight for his wench

“Oh, carry me to London and there let me die,
Don’t let me die here in a strange country

Don’t let me die here in a strange country.”

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from Darlingford, track released May 1, 2012
Cara - vocals, lead acoustic guitar, organ bass pedals Andrew M - hurdy gurdy, accordion
Andy - harmony vocals
Scott - rhythm acoustic guitar
Damon - electric guitar

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Cara Luft Winnipeg, Manitoba

Singer/songwriter/guitarist extraordinaire Cara Luft is that rare artist steeped in folk and traditional roots music almost from birth yet willing to alter that fabric, stretch the boundaries, not afraid to bend genres and styles. She has earned a solid reputation as one of Canada’s finest live performers whose engaging, down-home style is wrapped in a delicious sense of humour. ... more

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