Jolly shilling
Iles, Elijah
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS / FSUT: 'The 'Jolly Shilling' was popular almost everywhere, it would seem: I have heard it in all parts of the upper Thames Valley. I obtained the copy of Elijah Iles, Inglesham.'

Note 2

In the WGS only the first two and the last verses are printed. Interpolated between verse 2 and verse 6 is:

The song continues, describing the reduction of the shilling until nothing is left. The concluding verse denotes the wife's final share.

Note 3

In Folk songs of the Upper Thames, p 90 there is an addendum:

Chorus [High Coggs, Witney version]. This is unattributed in both the Ms and FSUT but George Keen is the only recorded singer located to High Coggs, so I have attributed the song to him.


The cocks are crowing,
The stream is flowing,
The landlady's looking for her right,
When we go rolling home.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.