Bill Harney Songs view1



Source: transcribed from the singing of Bill Harney
State Library of South Australia.
Recorded Adelaide 1962
SITE SOURCE: Sydney Folklore – SECTION18: Bawdry Songs

Green Leaves Upon the Green

There was a little cocky and he lived close by
Upon the green leaves, upon the green,
And he had a son of a very rough kind
And you know very well what I mean

And there was another cocky and he lived close by
Upon the green leaves, upon the green,
And he had a daughter of a very rough kind
And you know very well what I mean
And you know very well what I mean

And they placed them both to bed one night
Upon the green leaves, upon the green,
To see which one would tempt the other first,
And you know very well what I mean,
And you know very well what I mean.

She placed her hand upon his hip,
Upon the green leaves, upon the green,
And said, “what is this that stands so stiff?
Upon the green leaves, upon the green,
Well you know very well what I mean.

That is my horse that drinks at the well
Upon the green leaves, upon the green.

(Oh, it used to go on a bit… and the men used to sing it while minding the cattle at night)

Note: It was obviously at this stage of singing the song Bill Harney decided that the final verse was too raunchy to sing – so he didn’t.