World Of Music Choir: Tuesday 24th March – ‘Sprig of Thyme’

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World Of Music Choir: Tuesday 24th March – ‘Sprig of Thyme’ led by Bella Hardy

Band on the Wall’s doors may be shut for a little while but you can still take part in our fun music learning programmes from the comfort of your own home.

Tune in every Tuesday at 6pm (UK time) to join Bella Hardy for the World Of Music Choir online! Sing traditional and modern songs, harmonies and rounds. We learn by ear so you don’t have to read music, but words and scores can be downloaded here. This week’s lyrics are also below.

This live event is interactive; you can comment and ask questions, and the video will be available after the workshop to recap and sing along to.

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‘Sprig Of Thyme’ – from the singing of Joseph Taylor, collected by Percy Granger in Lincolnshire, 1908)

Once I had a sprig of thyme

It prospered by night and by day

‘Til a false young man came a-courting to me 

And he stole all me thyme away 

Chorus:  For thyme it is a precious thing

And thyme it will grow on

And time it will bring all things to an end 

And so does me time go on 

The gardener was standing by

I asked him to choose for me

And he chose me the lily, and the violet, and the pink

Ah but surely I refused all three 

It’s very well a’drinking ale

And it’s nice just to have a drop of wine 

But I like sitting by that young man’s side 

That’s stolen this heart of mine 


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