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Green grows the leaves upon the hawthorn tree;
Some they grow high and some they grow lee.
But the wranglers and the janglers they never can agree,
And the burthen of my song goes merrily.
Twenty, nineteen, eighteen, seventeen,
Sixteen, fifteen, fourteen, thirteen,
Twelve, eleven, ten, nine, eight,
Seven, six, five, four, three,
And the burthen of my song goes merrily.

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Source: Singing Together, Spring 1969, BBC Publications

Identified simply as 'Northumberland folk-song.' It is probably the set from M H Mason, Nursery Rhymes & Country Songs, London: Metzler, 1877 (Mitford family, Northumberland).

Roud: 2121 (Search Roud index at VWML) Take Six

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