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Lyr Add: The Old Man and His Wife

Nigel Parsons 11 Feb 11 - 08:56 PM
Jim Dixon 17 Feb 11 - 09:43 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: The old Man and his Wife
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 11 Feb 11 - 08:56 PM

Having searched for this by both title, and distinctive line It appears not to be in the DT. Although similar appear as Equinoctial & Phoebe and Old grumbler
This version is from:
"English Folk-Songs for Schools" (Curwen Edition 6051)
collected and arranged by S Baring Gould, M.A. and Cecil J. Sharp, B.A.

The old Man and his Wife

There was an old man in a wood
As you shall plainly see, sir.
He said he'd harder work in a day
Than his wife could do in three, sir.
If that be so, the old wife said,
And this you will allow, sir.
Why, I'll go drive the plough to-day,
And you shall milk the cow, sir.

But you must watch the speckled hen
For fear she lay away, sir.
And you must watch the spool of yarn,
That I spun yesterday, sir.
The old wife took the stick in hand,
And went to drive the plough, sir.
The old man took the pail in hand,
And went to milk the cow, sir.

But Tiney winced and fussed about,
And Tiney cocked her nose, sir.
And Tiney gave the man a kick,
That blood ran from the blows, sir.
O Tiney! pretty Tiney, dear,
My pretty cow, stand still, ah!
If you I milk another day
It's sore against my will, ah!

He went to feed the little pigs
That were within the stye, sir.
But knocked his head against the door,
Which made the blood to fly, sir.
He went to watch the speckled hen
Lest she should lay away, sir.
but clean forgot the spool of yarn
his wife spun yesterday, sir.

He went within to fetch a stick
To give the pig his hire, sir.
But she ran in between his legs
And cast him in the mire, sir.
And as he looked at pig and cow
He said, I do agree, sir.
If my wife never works agin
She'll not be blamed by me, sir.


I'm not up in ABC, so if someone wants the tune I can send a scan. (also useful if someone wants to pos the ABC)

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The old Man and his Wife
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Feb 11 - 09:43 AM

There are 3 versions in the DT:


And a thread:

Lyr Req: Farmer can't do wife's work

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