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No. 1 - Opening Chorus

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Dairymaids: Dairymaids we of alluring rusticity,
Beauties whose freshness is all unadorned,
Set in surroundings that smack of simplicity,
Where ev'ry useless embellishment's scorned.
Beauties whose freshness,
whose freshness is all unadorned,
Set in surroundings, plain,
Where ev'ry useless embellishment's scorned.
Maidenly mixtures of youth and utility,
Dainty as "Dresden", domestic as "Delf,"
Doing our duties with calm capability,
Airy and cool as the dairy itself.
Airy and cool, airy and cool,
Airy and cool as the dairy,
cool as the dairy itself.
Here we are churning, straining and skimming,
Stirring, turning, patting and trimming,
Butter and eggs, milk and cheese.
Here you may see us as busy as bees,
For here we are churning, straining and skimming,
Stirring, turning, patting and trimming,
Butter and eggs, and milk and cheese.
We're busy, so busy, so busy are we.
1st. Dairymaid: Our butter's a foretaste of heaven,
On your notice permit us to force it.
They say there's none better in Devon,
And ev'ryone's bound, bound to endorse it.
Chorus: Endorse it, endorse it,
None better in Devon or Dorset.
2nd. Dairymaid: Our fowls are the pride of the farmer,
Not one is a truant or strayer,
We've Dorking and Bantam,
Chorus: We've Bantam and Bramah,
1st. Dairymaid: And each is a layer,
Chorus: A regular layer,
2nd. Dairymaid: We've Dorking and Bantam,
Chorus: We've Bantam and Bramah,
1st. Dairymaid: And each is a regular layer,
2nd. Dairymaid: From Bramah to brown Himalaya,
Chorus: From Bramah to brown Himalaya,
Each is a layer, each is a layer.
Men: Oh, we be country labourers,
who earns our humble pay
In shine or rain to this refrain,
With a hey down derry derry hey down day,
With a hey down derry derry day,
Dairymaids: With a hey down derry derry day, derry derry day,
Men: We tends the cows, we sows and ploughs,
We cuts and stacks the hay,
We reaps and sows, we rakes and hoes,
With a hey down derry derry
hey down derry down day,
Dairymaids: Derry down, derry day.
Industry here is allied to the sciences,
Rule of thumb methods we've long given up,
Here you may see the latest appliances,
Bridging the gulf twixt the cow and the cup.
All: Oh, we/they be country labourers,
who earns our/their humble pay
In shine or rain to this refrain,
With a hey down derry derry hey down day,
With a hey down derry derry day,
With a hey down derry derry day,
derry derry day,
We/they tends the cows, we/they sows and ploughs,
We/they cuts and stacks the hay,
And when all's done at set of sun,
From work we/they turns away,
From work we/they turns away,
For a glass or so at the Barley Mow,
a glass or so at the Barley Mow,
With a hey derry derry day, derry derry day,
Here we/they are churning, straining and skimming,
Stirring, turning, patting and trimming,
Butter and eggs, milk and cheese.
Here you may see us as busy as bees,
For here we are churning, straining and skimming,
Stirring, turning, patting and trimming,
Butter and eggs, and milk and cheese.
We're busy, so busy, so busy are we.

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