Three Jolly Butchers
- It's of three jolly butchers as I've heard many say
They were going to some market town their money for to pay
- They rode together for a mile or two and a little more besides
Said Johnson unto Jipson "Stop I heard a woman cry"
- "Then stop I won't" said Jipson, "And stop I won't" said Ryde
"Then stop I will" said Johnson, "For I heard a woman cry"
- So Johnson he alighted and viewed the place around
And saw a naked woman with her hair tied to the ground
- "How came you here?" said Johnson, "How came you here?" said he
"Two highway men have robbed me that you can plainly see"
- Then Johnson being a valiant man a man of courage bold
He took the coat from off his back to keep her from the cold
- Then Johnson being a valiant man a man of valiant mind
He sat her up upon his horse and mounted up behind
- And as they rode along the road as fast as they could ride
She put her fingers to her lips and gave three piercing cries
- Out sprang ten bold highwaymen with weapons in their hands
They strode up to young Johnson and boldly bid him stand
- "Stand I will" said Johnson "as long as ever I can
For I was never in all my life afraid of any man"
- Then Johnson being a valiant man he made those bullets fly
Till nine of them bold highwaymen all on the ground did lie
- This wicked woman standing by young Johnson did not mind
She took a knife all from his side and stabbed him from behind
- This day it being a market day and people passing by
They saw this woman's dreadful deed and raised a hue and cry
- Then she was down to Newgate brought bound down in irons strong
For killing the finest butcher as ever the sun shone on