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Traditional
  1. Says my lord to my lady as he mounted his horse
    Beware of Long Lankin that lives in the moss
  2. Says my lord to my lady as he went on his way
    Beware of Long Lankin that lives in the hay
  3. See the doors are all bolted see the windows all pinned
    And leave not a crack for a mouse to creep in
  4. Oh the doors were all bolted oh the windows were pinned
    But at the small peep in the window Long Lankin crept in
  5. Where's the lord of this household? cries Long Lankin
    He's away out to London says the false nurse to him
  6. Where's the lady of the household? cries Long Lankin
    She's asleep in her chamber says the false nurse to him
  7. Where's the heir of the household? cries Long Lankin
    He's asleep in his cradle says the false nurse to him
  8. We'll pinch him and we'll prick him all over with a pin
    And that'll make me lady to come down to him
  9. So he pinched him and they pricked him all over with a pin
    And the false nurse held the basin for the blood to drip in
  10. O nurse how you slumber O nurse how you sleep
    You leave my little son to cry and to weep
  11. O nurse how you slumber O nurse how you snore
    You leave me little baby to cry and to roar
  12. Oh I tried him with the milk and I've tried him with the pap
    Come down my fair lady and rock him in your pap
  13. I've tried him with the rattle and I've tried him with the bell
    Come down my pretty lady and rock him in yourself
  14. How dare I come down in the dead of the night
    When there's no candles burning nor no fires alight?
  15. You have three silver gowns all bright as the sun
    Come down my pretty lady all by the light of one
  16. Oh the lady came downstairs she was thinking no harm
    Long Lankin he stood ready for to catch her in his arm
  17. There's blood in the kitchen there's blood in the hall
    There's blood in the parlour where my lady did fall
  18. Her handmaid stood out at the window so high
    And she saw her lord and master come ariding close by
  19. O master O master don't lay no blame on me
    Twas the false nurse and Lankin that killed your lady
  20. O master O master don't lay no blame on me
    It was the false nurse and Lankin that killed your baby
  21. Long Lankin shall be hanged on the gallows so high
    And the false nurse shall be burned in the fire close by.

Also known as Long Lambkin