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Robin Hood's Arrow

Robin Hood And The Tanner

There's a good many songs about Robin Hood. Listen to 'Robin Hood and the Tanner', you'll see the lyrics too. See if you can sing along. Try to find out what a 'tanner' did for a living.

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Robin Hood And The Tanner

The Tanner went forth one summer morning
To view the merry green wood
For to hunt for the deer that run here and there,
And there he espied Robin Hood.
Aye! And there he espied Robin Hood.

"What fellow art thou?" Quoth bold Robin Hood
"And what is thy business here?
For now, to be brief, thou dost look like a thief
And come for to steal the king's deer.
Aye! And come for to steal the king's deer."

"Now, I am the keeper of this parish,
The king, he hath put me in trust;
And therefore I pray thee to get on thy way,
Or else to upstand thee I must.
Aye! Or else to upstand thee I must."

"Tis thou must have more partakers in store
Before thou upstand me in deed;
For I have a staff, he is made of ground graffe,
And I warrant he'll do my deed.
Aye! And I warrant he'll do my deed."

"And I have another," quoth bold Robin Hood,
"It's made of an oaken tree;
He's eight foot and a half and would knock down a calf,
And why shouldn't it knock down thee?
Aye! And why shouldn't it knock down thee?"

"Let us measure our staves," says bold Robin Hood,
"Before we begin and away;
If by half a foot mine should be longer than thine,
Then that should be counted foul play.
Aye! Then that should be counted foul play."

Then at it they went, for bang and for bang,
The space of two hours or more;
Ev'ry blow they did swing made the grove for to ring
And they played at their game so sure,
Aye! And they played at their game so sure.

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