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Old English Folk-Song
“On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘At”

( Lyrics in Yorkshire dialect )

Wheear ‘ast tha bin sin’ ah saw thee, ah saw thee?
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
Wheear ‘ast tha bin sin’ ah saw thee, ah saw thee?
Wheear ‘ast tha bin sin’ ah saw thee?
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at.

Tha’s been a cooartin’ Mary Jane, Mary Jane;
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
Tha’s been a cooartin’ Mary Jane,
Tha’s been a cooartin’ Mary Jane;
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at.

Tha’s bahn’ to catch thy deeath o’ cowd, death of cold;
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
Tha’s bahn’ to catch thy deeath o’ cowd
Tha’s bahn’ to catch thy deeath o’ cowd;
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at.


Then us’ll ha’ to bury thee, bury thee;
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
Then us’ll ha’ to bury thee
Then us’ll ha’ to bury thee;
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at.


Then t’worms’ll come an’ eyt thee oop. eat thee up;
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
Then t’worms’ll come an’ eyt thee oop
Then t’worms’ll come an’ eyt thee oop;
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at.


Then t’ducks’ll come an’ eyt up t’worms, eyt up t’worms;
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
Then t’ducks’ll come an’ eyt up t’worms
Then t’ducks’ll come an’ eyt up t’worms;
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at.

Then us’ll go an’ eyt up t’ducks, eyt up t’ducks;
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
Then us’ll go an’ eyt up t’ducks
Then us’ll go an’ eyt up t’ducks;
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at.


Then us’ll all ha’ etten thee, etten thee;
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
Then us’ll all ha’ etten thee
Then us’ll all ha’ etten thee
;
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at.


That’s wheear we get us ooan back, ooan back;
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
That’s wheear we get us ooan back
That’s wheear we get us ooan back;
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at.
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Interpretation in Standard English

Where have you been since I saw you, I saw you?
On Ilkley Moor without a hat
Where have you been since I saw you,
I saw you?
Where have you been since I saw you?
On Ilkley Moor without a hat
On Ilkley Moor without a hat
On Ilkley Moor without a hat.

You’ve been a-courting Mary Jane

You’re bound to catch your death of cold

Then we will have to bury you

Then the worms will come and eat you up

Then the ducks will come and eat up the worms

Then we will go and eat up the ducks

Then we will all have eaten you,

That’s where we get some of our own back.

🙂