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*#1 PEASANT* 14 Jun 04 - 10:13 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: The Pea Jacket
From: *#1 PEASANT*
Date: 14 Jun 04 - 10:13 AM

The Pea Jacket

Weym Mally, maw hinny! what thinks te aw'vee seen,
And aw niver saw nowt half se dashin
Aw've seen I' the toon, if aw may trust maw een,
Maw Pea just the pink o' the fashion!

Frae the cut and the claith and the hornbuttons tee,
Aw said te mawsel, aw was sarten
The fellow had snaffed maw best Sunday Pea
Thou a' ways said aw was se smart in.

If he'd breeches on, a lowse at the knee,
And a chow iv his cheek o' rag backy,
Thow'd sworn as he swagger'd doon Newcastle Quay
That he was thy awn canny Jacky.

Wor skipper, cam up and aw tell'd him maw tyel,
The Pea I' maw heed a'ways runin';
"Wey, man, " says he, " surely thou isn't thyself
Not te knaw what's been gaun on in Lunnen.

" The awd Corporations, the Doctors a' say,
That meet at the hoose call'd St. Stephen,
Are at their last gasp, and by next New Year's Day
There winnet be yen o' them leevin'.

"It lang hez been said they war gannin' te pot,
But wor awn set it a' doon for leein',
Till the Mayor and the Aldermen a' teuk the rot,
And are now just like rotten sheep deein'.

"Aw've just been up street-the toon's iv a low,
And aw's frighten'd some mischief is brewin'.
As a deed Corporation's not worth an awd chow,
An' aw wadn't say much for the new un.

"For the cock'd hat and goon that govern'd the toon,
I' the days of awd Alderman Blackett,
The Alderman myekin' are gawn te lay doon,
An' tup on a keelman's Pea Jacket! "

-T. Wilson, 1843

The author, in a note to this song writes:-" At the time those emblems of civic dignity, Alderman's gowns, went out of fashion, a new species of attire-to wit, "Pea Jackets"- came up. The lines on "The Pea Jacket" embody the feelings of an honest keelman, expressed to his wife on witnessing the metapmorphosis which the "male creatures" had undergone.

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