Oxford Ramble

Speed the Plough



A Taste of Ale

Six for Gold

Knock at the Knocker, Ring at the Bell

The Robber Bird

Three Quarter Time

The 25th




The Lark in the Morning

The Robber Bird track 1

We learned The Lark in the Morning from Roy Palmer’s excellent book Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams (now republished as Bushes and Briars). RVW noted down the tune and first verse from Mrs Verrall, of Horsham in Sussex; Roy added further verses from a printed broadside. The song itself is a celebration of ploughboys’ sexual prowess – it is taken as read that they worked hard, but this makes it clear that they also knew how to have a good time, and were fecund to boot.

Our arrangement is topped and tailed by The Muffin Man