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Lyr Req: The Jovial Cutler

GUEST,Neil Moore 15 Oct 15 - 11:12 AM
GUEST,# 15 Oct 15 - 01:04 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: The Jovial Cutler
From: GUEST,Neil Moore
Date: 15 Oct 15 - 11:12 AM

Please does anyone have or know the lyrics for the Jovial Cutler, the only version I have heard is by Magpie Lane.

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From: GUEST,#
Date: 15 Oct 15 - 01:04 PM


An 18th century folk song from Sheffield, England, "The Jovial Cutler", portrays a craftsman enjoying a lazy Saint Monday, much to the dismay of his wife:

"Brother workmen, cease your labour,
Lay your files and hammers by.
Listen while a brother neighbour
Sings a cutler's destiny:
How upon a good Saint Monday,
Sitting by the smithy fire,
We tell what's been done o't Sunday,
And in cheerful mirth conspire."

Soon I hear the trap-door rise up,
On the ladder stands my wife:
"Damn thee, Jack, I'll dust thy eyes up,
Thou leads a plaguy drunken life;
Here thou sits instead of working
Wi' thy pitcher on thy knee;
Curse thee, thou'd be always lurking
And I may slave myself for thee."

"Ah, the bright, fat, idle devil
Now I see thy goings on,
Here thou sits all day to revel
Ne'er a stroke o' work thou'st done.
See thee, look what stays I've gotten,
See thee, what a pair o' shoes;
Gown and petticoat half rotten,
Ne'er a whole stitch in my hose."

"Pray thee, look here, all the forenoon
Thou's wasted with thy idle way;
When does t'a mean to get thy sours done?
Thy mester wants 'em in to-day.
Thou knows I hate to broil and quarrel,
But I've neither soap nor tea;
Od burn thee, Jack, forsake thy barrel,
Or nevermore thou'st lie wi' me."

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Jovial Cutler
From: GUEST,#
Date: 16 Oct 15 - 12:25 PM

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