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IT WAS A LOVER AND HIS LASS From Act V, Scene 3 of "As You Like It" (1598) (William Shakespeare / Arthur Young) Maxine Sullivan (with Claude Thornhill & His Orch.) - 1938 Bob Crosby & His Orch. - 1939 Ken "Snakehips" Johnson & His West Indian Orch. (vocal: Al Bowlly & The Henderson Twins) - 1940 Martha Tilton - 1943 Cleo Laine - 1976 As recorded by MAXINE SULLIVAN, March 1st 1938, New York: It wa a lover and his lass, With a hey, with a ho, with a hey nonino, And a hey noni nonino. That o'er the green cornfields did pass, In Springtime, in Springtime, In Springtime, the only pretty ring time; When birds do sing, Hey ding a ding a ding, Hey ding a ding a ding, Hey ding a ding a ding, Sweet lovers love the Spring! This carol they began that hour With a hey, with a ho, with a hey nonino, And a hey (hey hey) noni nonino. How that life was but a flower In Springtime, in Springtime, In Springtime, the only pretty ring time; When birds do sing, Hey ding a ding a ding, Hey ding a ding a ding, Hey ding a ding a ding, Sweet lovers love the Spring! They and pretty lovers take the time With a hey, with a ho, with a hey nonino, And a hey noni nonino. For love is crown-ed with the prime In Springtime, in Springtime, In Springtime, the only pretty ring time; Birds do sing, (Hey ding a ding a ding), Hey ding a ding a ding, (Hey ding a ling a ling), When lovers love the Spring! Goodnight! (Contributed by Peter Akers - January 2011) ******************** As recorded by AL BOWLLY & THE HENDERSON TWINS at the Café De Paris, London: AL BOWLLY: It was a lover and his lass With a hey and a ho and a hey nonny no That o'er the green cornfields did pass In the Springtime, the Springtime, the only pretty ring time When birds do sing, hey-ding-a-ding-ding Sweet lovers love the Spring Between the acres of the rye With a hey and a ho and a hey nonny no These pretty country folks would lie HENDERSON TWINS: In the Springtime, the Springtime, the only pretty ring time When birds do sing, hey-ding-a-ding-ding Sweet lovers love the Spring AL BOWLLY: This carol they began the hour With a hey and a ho and a hey nonny no How that a life was but a flower HENDERSON TWINS In the Springtime, the Springtime the only pretty ring time When birds do sing, hey-ding-a-ding-ding Ding-a-ding-a-ding-a, sweet lovers love the Spring AL BOWLLY: And, therefore, take the present time With a hey and a ho and a hey nonny no For love is crowned with the prime HENDERSON TWINS: In the Springtime, whoa Springtime, the only pretty ring time When birds do sing, hey-hey-a-ding-a-ding-a, a-ding-a-ding-ding AL BOWLLY: Ooh, sweet lovers love the Spring HENDERSON TWINS: Sweet lovers love the Spring (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - October 2012) ********************

    


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