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The Derby Ram:
Lyrics, Chords and Lead Sheet

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As I was going to Darby
Upon a market day,
I saw the biggest ram sir,
That ever was fed on hay.

The ram was fat behind, sir,
The ram was fat before.
He measured ten yards round, sir,
I think it was no more,

And he who knocked this ram down
Was drowned in the blood,
And he who held the dish, sir,
Was carried away by the flood,

The wool grew on his back, sir,
It reached to the sky.
And there the eagles built their nests,
I heard the young ones cry. 

And all the boys in Darby, sir,
Came begging for his eyes,
To kick about the street, sir,
As any good football flies,

The wool grew on his belly, sir,
It reached to the ground.
It was sold in Darby Town, sir,
For forty thousand pound,

The wool upon his tail, sir,
Filled more than fifty bags.
You'd better keep away, sir,
When that tail shakes and wags, 

The horns upon his head, sir,
As high as a man could reach,
And there they built a pulpit, sir,
The Quakers for to preach, 

And one of this ram's teeth, sir,
Was hollow as a horn;
And when they took its measure, sir,
It held a bushel of corn,

The mutton that the  ram made
Gave the whole Army meat,
And what was left, I'm told, sir,
Was served out to the fleet, 

The man who owned this ram, sir,
Was considered mighty rich,
But the man who told this story, sir,
Was a lyin'  son of a----

 

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