The Derbyshire Miller

Oh this is my toe, next to my shoe sole

Your sole in my territory

I’m the maid of the mill and the corn grinds well

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The first verse and tune of The Derbyshire Miller was written by Mr.Chapell, and sung to Llewellynn Jewitt by Mr. Charles Sloman.  Jewitt recorded it in his book 'The Songs and Ballads of Derbyshire' published in 1867.

The Original Manuscript

Background

The first verse and tune of The Derbyshire Miller was written by Mr.Chapell, and sung to Llewellynn Jewitt by Mr. Charles Sloman.  Jewitt recorded it in his book 'The Songs and Ballads of Derbyshire' published in 1867.  I have written an additional three verses to complete the song.  There were many mills in Derbyshire and the Peaks, a list of which can be found here http://www.derbyshireheritage.co.uk/Menu/Archaeology/Mills.php.

Mr Chappell (trad)

The miller he caught the maid by the toe What d'ye call this, my dearest? The miller he caught the maid by the toe What d'ye call this, my dearest? Oh! this is my toe, near to my shoe sole, Thy toe on my territory I'm the maid of the mill and the corn grinds well

Tune & Verse 1 by Mr. Chappell (trad), verses 2-4 by Bella Hardy

The miller he caught the maid by the toe
What d'ya call this my dearest?
The miller he caught the maid by the toe
What d'ya call this my dearest?
Oh this is my toe, next to my shoe sole,
Your sole in my territory
I'm the maid of the mill and the corn grinds well

The miller he caught the maid by the shin
What d'ya call this my dearest?
The miller he caught the maid by the shin
What d'ya call this my dearest?
Oh this is my shin, next to my shoe heel,
Your heel in my territory
I'm the maid of the mill and the corn grinds well

The miller he caught the maid by the knee
What d'ya call this my dearest?
The miller he caught the maid by the knee
What d'ya call this my dearest?
Oh this is my knee, right next to my thigh,
Your thigh in my territory
I'm the maid of the mill and the corn grinds well

The miller he caught the maid by the waist
What d'ya call this my dearest?
The miller he caught the maid by the waist
What d'ya call this my dearest?
Oh this is my waist, young miller make haste
And we'll dance in your territory
I'm the maid of the mill and the corn grinds well

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