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Travelling Pedlar
Copyright George Papavgeris, April 2002
Memories of a long-gone social institution in Mediterranean countries
the man who was selling everything and provided the glue between the
villages he visited


Tired and cold, my horses old, thirty years we're on the tether
Miles on the road, and tons of load, and in every kind of weather.
Through the villages, the hamlets and the towns
'Cross the bridges and the rivers and the downs
Time for some rest, I've done my best all the years I've been a pedlar

Cotton and lace, creams for the face, ladies' gloves of softest leather,
Silver and silk, all dreams fulfilled, for each hat I had a feather.
Men I helped to choose a present for their wives.
I helped women to get through their dreary lives.
Time for some rest, I've done my best all the years I've been a pedlar

Gossip and fact, all served with tact, and who's pregnant and who isn't
Questions and clues, and city news, I'd deliver every visit.
Whose good-looking daughter now has come of age
In the fashion shops which colours are the rage
Time for some rest, I've done my best all the years I've been a pedlar.

Youth elixir the old to stir and some tonic for the weaker
Potions and pills no doctor sells, even something for the weekend.
I have helped to bring together many hearts
But for me only my horses and my cart
Time for some rest, I've done my best all the years I've been a pedlar.

Time moving on, I've sung my song, the old days have gone for ever
Nobody cares to buy my wares, no one needs the travelling pedlar.
Days go faster, no one needs to pass the time
And in villages the only cry is mine
Time for some rest, I've done my best all the years I've been a pedlar.


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