This song has virtually become the Yorkshire anthem.
It is sung to a Methodist hymn tune – Cranbrook – which was composed in 1805 by Thomas Clark, a Canterbury boot and shoe-maker.
It is said that the song was written by a church choir group – Heptonstall Glee Club – on a walking excursion to Ilkley Moor in 1886, and refers to a young man's courting in the heather on the moor during which he lost his hat – baht 'at meaning without a hat.
The first verse runs:
The first lines of each following verse are:Where 'asta been sin I saw thee? On Ilkley Moor baht 'at Where 'asta been sin I saw thee? Where 'asta been sin I saw thee? On Ilkley Moor baht 'at On Ilkley Moor baht 'at On Ilkley Moor baht 'at
Tha's been a courtin' Mary Jane Tha's baan to catch thi death o' cowd Then we s'll 'av ter bury thee Then t'worms'll come an eyt thee up Then t'ducks'll come an eyt up t'worms The we s'll come an eyt up t'ducks Then we s'll all 'av etten thee That's where we get us ooan back
See Baht and Ilkley Moor
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