When I set off for Turkey

from by Phil Edwards

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When I set off to Turkey I travelled like an ox
And in my breeches pocket I carried my little box.
My box was four foot high, sir, my box was four foot square,
All for to put my money in now guineas are so rare,
To my right tol lol le riddle riddle lol, to my right tol lol li day.

Then I bought me a little dog, his collar was undone,
I learned him to sing and dance, to wrestle and to run.
His legs were four feet high and his hears were four feet wide,
And round the world in half a day all on my dog I'd ride.

Then I bought me a flock of sheep, their wool it was so sleek,
And every month at the full of the moon they had six lambs apiece.
Then I bought me a little hen, on her I took much care,
I sat her on a mussel shell and she hatched me a hare.

The hare it proved to be a white steed about fifteen hands high,
And him that can tell a bigger jest, oh dear, oh dear, what a lie.
To my right tol lol le riddle riddle lol, to my right tol lol li day.


from 52 Folk Songs: Red, released July 21, 2012
Phil Edwards: vocal, drums, concertina, recorder, flute, G whistle, zither
Eric Clapton: ukulele




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