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Lyr Add: Brisk Butcher / Ten Dollar Bill

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Subject: Lyr Add: Ten Dollar Bill
From: Joe Offer
Date: 09 Dec 03 - 08:59 PM

In the thread about misogyny in folk music, Harpgirl mentioned "Ten Dollar Bill" as being a misogynist song, but she said she couldn't find it in the Digital Tradition. I asked her about it, and she described a song I knew from a Michael Cooney recording as the Brisk Young Butcher. I think that Steeleye Span recorded it under another name - can anybody locate that recording?
Harpgirl said "Ten Dollar Bill" on Folk-Legacy CD-62, The Barley Grain for Me, by Margaret Christl and Ian Robb. sure enough, there it is. Here are the lyrics:

THE TEN DOLLAR BILL

Way down in New York City,
Where the Cornstalks are the sign,
A place for the commercial men
To go and drink their wine;
a place for the commercial men,
They've always made their youth
To drink a glass of cherry wine
And pluck the Christmas goose.

Well, they drank their glass of cherry wine
And smoked a mild cigar,
While chatting with their comrades
And people at the bar.
And not a thought of amorousness
Did enter in his head,
Until the serving maid came 'round
To show him up to bed.

Then he got familiar
And he hugged her in the stairs.
He hugged her in his chambers
Before he said his prayers.
A ten dollar bill he handed her,
To keep her from getting vexed;
Turned out the lights, jumped into bed ?
Well, you know what happened next.

It was early the next morning
He was charged a little bill,
And shook dice with the landlord
Before his parting gin.
And where he went just after that,
I cannot very well say,
But, so I heard, he turned up again
The very next Christmas day.

As he stepped in so gentle,
As gentle as could be,
While other travellers like himself
Were waiting on their tea,
He ordered up the very best
The landlord could produce.
"Send back the same young serving maid,
And don't forget the goose."

The edibles were brought to him
The edibles in store
All by the same young serving maid
He hugged twelve months before.
And on the table by his side,
Just where the grub was piled,
Instead of a goose, she's handed him
A handsome baby child.

And as he looked, twelve others laughed;
"And what is this?" cried he.
She said, "Kind sir, don't look so strange,
And I will tell to thee. "
She said, "My brave and generous man,
What makes you look so strange?
That ten dollar bill you've handed me,
So now, take back your change!"

Margaret Christl's source was from the singing of Cloanna Lavallee of Nicabean, Quebec - collected by Sheldon Posen

I think I prefer the story in the Brisk Butcher, when the guy double-deals the chambermaid by telling the landlord that he had paid the chambermaid for the room rent.

Here's the Traditional Ballad Index entry for this song:

Brisk Young Butcher, The

DESCRIPTION: A (butcher) stays at an inn; he offers a serving girl money to lay with him. She does. Given his bill, he says he gave the girl the money and didn't get change. A year later, he comes back. She shows him her child and says it is his change
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1930 (Ord)
KEYWORDS: money trick sex pregnancy travel
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Ord, pp. 158-159, "The Butcher and Chamber Maid" (1 text)
DT, XMASGOOS XMASGOO2*

Roud #167
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Basket of Eggs" (plot) and references there
ALTERNATE TITLES:
The Christmas Goose
The Ten Dollar Bill
File: DTxmasgo

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Instructions

The Ballad Index Copyright 2003 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Brisk Butcher / Ten Dollar Bill
From: harpgirl
Date: 09 Dec 03 - 10:18 PM

Where did you find the lyrics, Joe? Did you have the liner notes from
The Folk Legacy Album?

I didn't mean it was misogynistic so much as the lot of women in life...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Brisk Butcher / Ten Dollar Bill
From: Hrothgar
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 03:35 AM

A version of "The Brisk Butcher" was the first song I heard Judy Small sing, ooh, way back ...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Brisk Butcher / Ten Dollar Bill
From: Kevin Sheils
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 01:40 PM

Can't place a Steeleye version Joe but Tim Hart and Maddy Prior recorded it as the Brisk Butcher on their early, pre SS, first LP "Folk Songs of Olde England vol 1"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Brisk Butcher / Ten Dollar Bill
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 02:40 PM

Hi, Harpgirl-
The Barley Grain For Me has a nice CD booklet, but, alas, no lyrics. However, there is a larger booklet with full lyrics, available from Folk-Legacy Records for a mere dollar. I ordered one copy of every CD Folk-Legacy has issued, and I've received most of them. It's folk-music heaven.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Brisk Butcher / Ten Dollar Bill
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 06:11 PM

And if you look for "Christmas Goose" (or even just "goose") in Digitrad, you'll find it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Brisk Butcher / Ten Dollar Bill
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 06:30 PM

Yeah, "Christmas Goose" and "Ten Dollar Bill" are definitely the same song. Margaret Christl said Sheldon Posen collected the song in Quebec, but she says:
    I have, however, taken the liberty of changing some of the words, without changing the story of the song, simply because that's how I feel comfortable singing it.
I wondered how much Christl changed. I also wondered about that "cherry wine" they serve in New York City. Did the title "ten dollar bill" originate with Christl?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Brisk Butcher / Ten Dollar Bill
From: GUEST,AJ
Date: 15 Feb 12 - 08:19 PM

Can anyone tell me if the tune in the database is an arrangement by Tim Hart and Maddy Prior or if it is "traditional"?


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