Alison Gross Lyrics

Steeleye Span


publisher: ©Peermusic Publishing
writers: Maddy Prior, Peter Knight, Rick Kemp, Robert Johnson, Tim Hart
album: Track 2 in album Parcel of Rogues
release date: 1973
popularity : 32 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk Rock
length: 5:29
arranger: Bob Johnson, Tim Hart, Peter Knight, Maddy Prior
writer: [traditional]

Cover Art

Steeleye Span Parcel of Rogues cover art
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Alison Gross that lives in yon tower
The ugliest witch in the North Country
Has trysted me one day up to her bower
And many a fair speech she made to me

She stroked my head and she combed my hair
She set me down softly on her knee
Saying if you will be my lover so true
So many good things I would give to you

Away, away, you ugly witch
Go far away and let me be
I never will be your lover so true
And wish I were out of your community

[Chorus]
Alison Gross she must be
The ugliest witch in the North Country
Alison Gross she must be
The ugliest witch in the North Country
She showed me a mantle of red scarlet
With golden flowers and fringes fine
Saying if you will be my lover so true
This goodly gift it shall be thine

She showed me a shirt of the softest silk
Well wrought with pearls abound the band
Saying if you will be my lover so true
This goodly gift you shall command

[Chorus]

She showed me a cup of the good red gold
Well set with jewels so fair to see
Saying if you will be my lover so true
This goodly gift I will give to thee

Away, away, you ugly witch
Go far away and let me be
I never would kiss your ugly mouth
For all of the gifts that you could give

[Chorus]

She turned her right and round about
And thrice she blew on a grass-green horn
She swore by the moon and the stars of above
That she'd make me rue the day I was born

The out she has taken a silver wand
She's turned her three times round and round
She muttered such words till my strength it did fail
And she's turned me into an ugly worm

[Chorus]


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 One Misty Moisty Morning
  • 2 Alison Gross
  • 3 The Bold Poachers
  • 4 The Ups and Downs
  • 5 Robbery with Violins
  • 6 The Wee Wee Man
  • 7 The Weaver and the Factory Maid
  • 8 Rogues in a Nation
  • 9 Cam Ye O'er Frae France
  • 10 Hares on the Mountain