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A STITCH IN TIME
(Mike Waterson)

Oh there was a woman and she lived on her own
She slaved on her own and she skivvied on her own
She'd two little girls and two little boys
And she lived all alone with her husband
    For her husband he was a hunk of a man
    A chunk of a man and a drunk of a man
    He was a hunk of a drunk and skunk of a man
    Such a boozing bruising husband
For he would come home drunk each night
He thrashed her black and he thrashed her white
He thrashed her too within an inch of her life
Then he slept like a log did her husband
    One night she gathered her tears all round her shame
    She thought of the bruising and cried with the pain
    Oh you'll not do that ever again
    I won't live with a drunken husband
But as he lay and snored in bed
A strange old thought came into her head
She went for the needle, went for the thread
And went straight in to her sleeping husband
    And she started to stitch with a girlish thrill
    With a woman's heart and a seamstress' skill
    She bibbed and tucked with an iron will
    All around her sleeping husband
Oh the top sheet, the bottom sheet too
The blanket stitched to the mattress through
She stitched and stitchend for the whole night through
And then she waited the dawn and her husband
    And when her husband awoke with a pain in his head
    He found that he could not move in bed
    Sweet Christ, I've lost the use of my legs
    But this wife just smiled at her husband
For in her hand she held the frying pan
With a flutter in her heart she given him a lam
He could not move and he cried, God damn
Don't you swear, she cries to her husband
    Then she thrashed him black, she thrashed him blue
    With the frying pan and the collander too
    With the rolling pin just a stroke or two
    Such a battered and bleeding husband
And she says, If you ever come home drunk any more
I'll stitch you in and I'll thrash you more
Then I'll pack my bag and I'll be out the door
I'll not live with a drunken husband
    Oh isn't it true what small can do
    With a thread and a thought and a stitch or two
    He's wiped his slate and his boozing's through
    It's goodbye to a drunken husband

[1988:] A true story put into song by Mike Waterson about four years ago. It happened about 1962 in the Hessle Road area of Hull and the tune is that of a brutal Royal Navy song called On Board Of A Man-of-war. (Notes Martin Carthy, 'Right of Passage')


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