Where are you Going My Pretty Maid

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Where Are You Going My Pretty Maid
Traditional folk song or nursery rhyme known in the United Kingdom. A longer and a shorter version exist, as does a very similar song.

Where are you going, my pretty maid?
I'm going a milking, sir, she said.
May I go with you, my pretty maid?
You're kindly welcome, sir, she said.
What is your father, my pretty maid?
My father's a farmer, sir, she said.
What is your fortune, my pretty maid?
My face is my fortune, sir, she said.
Then I won't marry you, my pretty maid.
Nobody asked you, sir, she said.

Longer version[edit]

This longer version appeared in A Baby's Opera by Walter Crane in 1877.[1]

1. "Where are you going to, my pretty maid?
Where are you going to, my pretty maid?"
"I'm going a-milking, Sir," she said,
"Sir," she said, "Sir," she said,
"I'm going a-milking, Sir," she said.

2. "Shall I go with you, my pretty maid?"
"Yes, if you please, kind Sir," she said,
"Sir," she said, "Sir," she said,
"Yes, if you please, kind Sir," she said.

3. "What is your fortune, my pretty maid?"
"My face is my fortune, Sir," she said,
"Sir," she said, "Sir," she said,
"My face is my fortune, Sir," she said.

4. "Then I can't marry you, my pretty maid."
"Nobody asked you, Sir," she said,
"Sir," she said, "Sir," she said,
"Nobody asked you, Sir," she said.

A fuller version of the text can be found at
http://nla.gov.au/nla.mus-vn4513039 [2] [3]
This setting by Isaac Nathan [1] of the usual melody for this song predates 1864, the year of his death.
It is possible that Nathan composed the melody himself, though it could be an arrangement of a preexisting tune.
Isaac Nathan (1790-1864) commissioned Byron to write his poems "Hebrew Melodies" to music which he
himself [Nathan] had composed or arranged.Bkesselman (talk) 18:06, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Dabbling in the Dew[edit]

A similar song is known as Dabbling in the Dew.

'O where are you going, my pretty maid,
With your red rosy cheeks and your coal black hair?'
'I'm going a-milking, sir,' she said;
'And it's dabbling in the dew makes the milkmaids fair.'
'May I go with you, my pretty maid,
With your red rosy cheeks?' etc.
'O you may go with me, sir,' she said;
'And it's dabbling,' etc.
'I, may I marry you, my pretty maid,
With your red rosy cheeks?' etc.
'Wait till you're wanted, sir,' she said;
'And it's dabbling,' etc.


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