Appleton Fair

Is any of you going to Appleton Fair?
Remember me to a lad as lives there
Remember me to a lad as lives there
For once he was a true lover of mine

Tell him to bring me an acre of land
Betwixt the wild ocean and yonder sea sand
Betwixt the wild ocean and yonder sea sand
And then he shall be a true lover of mine

Tell him to plough it with one rams horn
And sow it all over with one peppercorn
And sow it all over with one peppercorn
And then he shall be a true lover of mine

Tell him to reap it with a sickle of leather
And bind it together with one peacock feather
And bind it together with one peacock feather
And then he shall be a true lover of mine

And now I have answered your questions three
I hope you’ll answer as many for me
I hope you’ll answer as many for me
And then thou shalt be a true lover of mine

Is any of you going to Appleton Fair?
Remember me to a lass as lives there
Remember me to a lass as lives there
For once she was a true lover of  mine.

Tell her to make me a cambric shirt
Without any needles or thread or owt through’t
Without any needles or thread or owt through’t
And then she shall be a true lover of mine.

Tell her to wash it by yonder wall
Where water ne’er sprung nor drop of rain fall
Where water ne’er sprung nor drop of rain fall
And then she shall be a true lover of mine

Tell her to dry it on yonder thorn
Where blossom ne’er grew sin’ Adam was born
Where blossom ne’er grew sin’ Adam was born
And then she shall be a true lover of mine

And now I have answered your questions three
And I hope you’ll answer as many for me
And I hope you’ll answer as many for me
And then thou shalt be a true lover of mine

Is any of you going to Appleton Fair?
Remember me to a lad as lives there
Remember me to a lad as lives there
For once he was a true lover of mine

© Hilary James 1996, lyrics adapted from traditional song

Love Lust & Loss
 
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