Tramps and Hawkers

DESCRIPTION: "Come a' ye tramps and hawker lads and gaitherers o' blaw... I'll tell tae ye a rovin' tale, an' places I hae been, Far up intae the snowy north or sooth by Gretna Green." The singer describes his travels, sights he has seen, worries he hasn't had
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1909 (GreigDuncan3)
KEYWORDS: rambling
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber,Bord))
REFERENCES (4 citations):
GreigDuncan3 487, "Come All Ye Tramps and Hawkers" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Kennedy 358, "Tramps and Hawkers" (1 text, 1 tune)
McMorland-Scott, pp. 51, 150, "Come Aa Ye Tramps and Hawkers" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT, HAWKRS*

Roud #1874
RECORDINGS:
Jimmy MacBeath, "Come All Ye Tramps And Hawkers" (on Lomax43, LomaxCD1743, Voice20)
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Davy Faa (Remember the Barley Straw)" (tune)
cf. "Paddy West" (tune)
cf. "Hermitage Castle" (tune)
ALTERNATE TITLES:
The Jolly Beggar
NOTES: This song is best known not for its banal lyrics but for its widely-recognized and used tune (also known as "Paddy West"). - RBW
Yates, Musical Traditions site Voice of the People suite "Notes - Volume 20" - 15.1.04: "It was first collected from both James Angus and James Morrison in 1909 and appears in the Greig-Duncan Collection Vol 3 p.271."
GreigDuncan3: "Hamish Henderson mentions in the notes to the record Come A' Ye Tramps and Hawkers(Collector Records,Jes 10) that the song 'is reputed to have been composed by 'Besom Jimmy,' a much travelled Angus-born hawker of the last century." - BS
Last updated in version 3.2
File: K358

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List

Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography

The Ballad Index Copyright 2016 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.