Can Anyone Help with a Song that Starts: "There was a young man who lived on the common"?

Peter wrote asking for help with a song his grandmother sang him.  Here’s his email:

Hello, I was hoping you’d be able to help with a song my grandmother sang to us when we were kids. It seems nobody can remember the whole thing but it starts like this:

"There was a young man who lived on the common from what I have heard his mother was a woman if all tales be true from what I am told he was born quite an infant but the years made him old. His face was the most peculiar you’ve seen it never was washed so it never was clean and to see this man smile you’d get such a grin for his mouth ran crossed his face twixt his nose and his chin." 

Unfortunately this is all anyone can remember other than some parts but we don’t have the whole thing as our grandmother use to sing it. I have been looking for this song for ten years since she died.  It would be greatly appreciated if you could write back with any information on this song. Thank you.

If anyone can help with this song, please let us know in the comments below.

Thanks!

Mama Lisa

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