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Shickered As He Could Be (English Traditional)

This is one of seven versions we have of a song which seems to have been originally titled "Our Goodman"

See also: Five Drunk Nights (English Traditional)
And also: Seven Drunken Nights (Traditional #1)
And also: Seven Drunken Nights (Traditional #2)
And also: Seven Drunken Nights (The Dubliners)
And also: Seven Drunken Nites (Joan Morrissey)
And also: The Traveler (English Traditional)

This bloke I know came rolling home, shickered as he could be,
He saw a horse there in the yard where his old horse should be;
He says, me wife, me darlin' wife, now come and tell to me,
How come this horse there in the yard where my old horse should be?

She said, you old fool, you silly old fool,
You're shickered and you cannot see;
It's nothing but a milkin' cow me mother sent to me.
Now in all the miles I've travelled, in ten thousand miles or more,
Saddle on a milk cow I never saw before.

This bloke I know came rolling home, shickered as he could be,
He saw a coat upon the peg where his old coat should be;
He says, me wife, me darlin' wife, now come and tell to me,
How come this coat there on the peg where my old coat should be?

She said, you old fool, you silly old fool,
You're shickered and you cannot see;
It's nothing but a blanket me mother sent to me.
Now in all the miles I've travelled, in ten thousand miles or more,
Buttons on a blanket I never saw before.

This bloke I know came rolling home, shickered as he could be,
He saw a hat upon the shelf where his old hat should be;
He says, me wife, me darlin' wife, now come and tell to me,
How come this hat upon the shelf where my old hat should be?

She said, you old fool, you silly old fool,
You're shickered and you cannot see;
It's nothing but a flower pot me mother sent to me.
Now in all the miles I've travelled, in ten thousand miles or more,
Sweatband on a flower pot I never saw before.

This bloke I know came rolling home, shickered as he could be,
He saw a stockwhip on the hook where his stockwhip should be;
He says, me wife, me darlin' wife, now can you tell to me,
Who owns this other stockwhip here where my stockwhip should be?

She said, you old fool, you silly old fool,
You're shickered and you cannot see;
It's nothing but a mousin' snake me mother sent to me.
Now in all the miles I've travelled, in ten thousand miles or more,
Plaited handle on a mousin' snake I never saw before.

This bloke I know came rolling home, shickered as he could be,
He saw two boots beneath the bed where his old boots should be;
He says, me wife, me darlin' wife, now come and tell to me,
Who owns these boots beneath the bed where my old boots should be?

She said, you old fool, you silly old fool,
You're shickered and you cannot see;
It's nothing but a chamber pot me mother sent to me.
Now in all the miles I've travelled, in ten thousand miles or more,
Silver spurs upon a chamber pot I never saw before.

This bloke I know came rolling home, shickered as he could be,
He saw a head upon the bed where his old head should be;
He says, me wife, me darlin' wife, now come and tell to me,
How come this head upon the bed where my old head should be?

She said, you old fool, you silly old fool,
You're shickered and you cannot see;
It's nothing but a baby me mother sent to me.
Now in all the miles I've travelled, in ten thousand miles or more,
Ginger whiskers on a baby I never saw before.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an 18th-century English traditional ballad, Four Nights Drunk (Child Ballad #274) The English And Scottish Popular Ballads (1882-1898) edited by Francis James Child [1825-1896] (Dover, 1965) ....####
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