Click here to play the version in the Digital Tradition. Contemplator.com has a Barry Taylor arrangement of the same tune (under dashing). You can also try the ABC tune Mick posted above. And if you want to get really upscale, you can find a MIDI of a John Rutter arrangement here (click). Here's the entry from the Traditional Ballad Index:
Driving Away at the Smoothing IronDESCRIPTION: The speaker admires his darling as, on successive days of the week, she does various laundry-related tasks, all the while she is ironing, which action he apparently adores.
EARLIEST DATE: 1909
KEYWORDS: love clothes work nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South)) US(SW)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Sharp-100E 82, "Driving Away at the Smoothing Iron" (1 text, 1 tune)
Sandburg, p. 117, "Hanging Out the Linen Clothes" (1 text, 1 tune)
Kennedy 205, "The Linen Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
The Smoothing Iron
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