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Old Maid In A Garret (Clancys & Makem) video
See also: Old Maid In The Garrett (Masterless Men)
And also: Old Maid In The Garrett (Shanneyganock)
#778: YouTube video by threelegsoman ©2009
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I have often heard it said by my father and my mother,
That going to a wedding is the making of another;
Well if this be so, then I'll go without a bidding,
Oh, kind providence, won't you send me to a wedding?

And it's oh, dear me, how will it be,
If I die an old maid in a garret?

Now, there's my sister Jean, she's not handsome or good looking,
Scarcely sixteen and a fellow she was courting;
Now, she's twenty-four, she's a son and a daughter,
Here am I, forty-five, and I've never had an offer.

And it's oh, dear me, how will it be,
If I die an old maid in a garret?

I can cook and I can sew, I can keep a house right tidy,
Rise up in the morning and get the breakfast ready;
There's nothing in this wide world that makes my heart so cheery,
As a wee fat man to call me his own dearie.

And it's oh, dear me, how will it be
If I die an old maid in a garret?

Oh, come landsman, come townsman, come tinker or come tailor,
Come fiddler, come dancer, come ploughman or come sailor;
Come rich man, come poor man, come fool or come witty,
Come any man at all, won't you marry out of pity.

And it's oh, dear me, how will it be
If I die an old maid in a garret?

Oh, well, I'm away home for there's nobody heedin',
There's nobody heedin' to poor Annie's pleadin';
And I'm away home to me own wee bit garret,
If I can't get a man then I'll surely get a parrot.

And it's oh, dear me, how will it be
If I die an old maid in a garret?

####.... Variant of a 17th-century ballad, The Wooing Maid, by Martin Parker of London printed on a broadside which was entered in the Stationers' Register June 18, 1636 by Thomas Lambert ....####
The video above was made specifically for GEST and features a 12-string guitar performance of a variant arranged by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.

A very similar variant was recorded by the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem (Home Boys Home, 1968).


See more songs by the Clancys & Makem.

A variant was also recorded by Dick Nolan (Dick Nolan, trk#9, 1975, RCA Records, Toronto, Ontario).

See more songs by Dick Nolan.

A variant was recorded as Old Maid In The Garrett by Shanneyganock (Live at O'Reilly's. Vol.1, trk#1, 2000, recorded live at O'Reilly's Pub, St John's NL, Avondale Music, St John's, NL).

See more songs by Shanneyganock.

The Cormiers also recorded a variant (The Shamrock, Thistle & Rose, trk#12, 2002, Independent, produced with Rick Hollett, Conception Bay South, NL).

See more songs by the Cormiers.

The Masterless Men also recorded a variant as Old Maid In The Garrett (Back On Track, trk#4, 2000, Masterless Men, Mount Pearl, NL, produced by Spencer Crew and Masterless Men).

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Capo 2nd Fret; tabs shown are formations.

I have [G] often heard it said by my father and my mother,
That [D] going to a wedding is the [G] making of another;
Well if this be [C] so, then I'll [G] go without a bidding,
Oh, kind providence, won't you send me to a wedding?

And it's oh [C] dear [G] me, how will it [C] be,
If I [G] die an old [D] maid in a [D7] gar-[G] ret


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