Collected by Irene Carlisle
Transcribed by Mary C. Parler
RFD 4, Springdale, Ark
February 12, 1951
Catherine Luvina Davis, about 1912.)
False Lampkins was as good a mason as ever laid stone;
He built Lord Arnold's castle; Lord Arnold paid him none.
He built it without and he built it within,
And he built a false window for himself to get in.
Lord Arnold to his lady: "I'm a-going from home,
And what would you do if False Lampkins should come?"
"I fear not False Lampkins, nor none of his crew;
My doors I keep fastened, my windows pinned to."
Her door she had fastened, her windows had pinned,
When through the false window False Lampkins stepped in.
"Dear Mistress, dear Mistress, your baby does cry,
And if you don't come to it, it surely must die."
"How can I come down, when it's such a dark night,
And I have not a candle to bear me a light?"
"Where's them six new lamps, where the gold shines so bright?
You can take one of them and come down by the light."
Lady Arnold scarce had opened the door
When she saw False Lampkins in the middle of the floor.
"False Lampkins, False Lampkins, oh, spare me my life,
And I'll give you my daughter Betsy; she'll make a good wife."
"Bring down your daughter Betsy, so neat and so trim;
And bring a gold basin for to catch her blood in."
"Daughter Betsy, Daughter Betsy, stay in the garret so high,
Till you see your dear father come sailing by!"
Daughter Betsy, she stayed in the garret so high
Till she saw Lord Arnold's ships come a-sailing by.
Lord Arnold scarce had opened the gate
When he saw his dear baby lying dead at his feet.
Reel 89, Item 5
Lord Arnold scarce had opened the door
When he saw his dear wife lying dead on the floor.
False Lampkins shall be hung on a gallows so high,
And his faults shall be burnt in an oven close by.
Click tabs to swap between content that is broken into logical sections.