As I was going to Derby (John Wall Callcott)
- 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.
Title: As I was going to Derby
Composer: John Wall Callcott
Number of voices: 3vv Voicing: ATB
Genre: Secular, Glee
Instruments: A cappella (originally). Piano accompaniment added by William Horsley (1774-1858).
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.
- Wikipedia article for this song (includes links to expanded versions of the lyrics)
Original text and translations
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!