In Good Old Colony Days

(Combined version, based in part on the words known to John Healy)

Recording by RW: 

In good old colony days,
When we lived under the King,
Three roguish chaps fell into mishaps
Because they could not sing.
Because they could not sing,
Because they could not sing,
Three roguish chaps fell into mishaps
Because they could not sing.

The first he was a miller,
The second he was a weaver,
And the third he was a little tailor,
Three jolly rogues together.

The miller he stole corn,
The weaver he stole yarn,
And the little tailor he stole broadcloth
To keep the three rogues warm.

The miller got drowned in his dam,
And the weaver got hung in his yarn,
And the sheriff clapped paws* on the little tailor
With the broadcloth under his arm.

* “Sheriff clapped paws” is an approximation of the Healy Family variant. This is most unusual. The normal reading is something like “And the devil clapped his claws on the little tailor” or “And the devil he caught the little tailor.”

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