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This is another my early boyhood favourites (between the ages of 5 and 7) which I loved my mother to sing. It is moral tale of a young maid seduced and murdered in a light-hearted bantering way, quite unlike the tale of The Murder of Maria Marten. It has some nice gruesome bits such as The tombstone fell on him and squish-squash he died and it was very easy to join in. There is no chorus but the first line is repeated with its final phrase three times!
My mother tells the story of my sister Cynthia having to learn it for school and she positively hated it. Where my mother got the song she never said but her version can be found in A Mum's (Mostly Musical) Memories.