As I was going to Derby (John Wall Callcott)

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  • (Posted 2004-06-30)  CPDL #07381:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2004-06-30).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Glee for three voices, accompaniment added by William Horsley (1774-1858). Revised 2008-07-27.

General Information

Title: As I was going to Derby
Composer: John Wall Callcott

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: ATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella (originally). Piano accompaniment added by William Horsley (1774-1858).

First published:
Description: A 3 part glee. Callcott did not set the whole text of the traditional lyrics (see "External websites" below) to music, so some of the remaining text could be sung within the repeats.

External websites:

Original text and translations

English.png English text

As I was going to Derby,
'Twas on a market day,
I met the finest ram, Sir,
That ever was fed upon hay.
This ram was fat behind, Sir,
This ram was fat before;
This ram was ten yards high, Sir,
Indeed he was no more;
The butcher that killed this ram,
Sir, was up to his knees in blood!
The boy that held the pail, Sir
Was carried away by the flood!
The tail that grew upon his rump,
Was ten yards and an ell!
And that was sent to Derby,
To toll the market bell!