As I walked over Salisbury Plain
‘Twas there I met a scamping young blade
He kissed me and enticed me so
Til along with him I was forced for to go
We came unto a public house at last
And there for man and wife we did pass
We called for ale and wine and strong beer
Till at length for bed we both did repair
Undress yourself my darling says he
Undress yourself and come to bed with me
Oh yes that I w-ill says she….
If you’ll keep those flash girls away.
Those flash girls you need not fear
For you’ll be sa-fe-guarded me dear
I’ll keep you as some lady gay….
For I’ll go a robbing all out king’s highway
Early next morning my love arose
And so n-imbly he p-ut on his clothes
Straight for the highway he set sail
And twas there he robbed the coaches of the mail
Oh it’s now my love in Newgate Jail do lie
Expecting every mom-ent to die
The Lord have mercy on his poor soul
For I think I hear the death-bell for to toll.