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The Old Woman From Wexford (Fables) tabs, videos
See also: Eggs And Marrow Bones (Figgy Duff)
And also: Eggs And Marrow-Bones (Kenneth Peacock)
#136: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

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Ah, there was an old woman from Wexford,
in Wexford town did dwell;
She loved her husband dearly,
and another one twice as well.
With me right foll diddy foll dearo,
and me right foll tour a lee.

One day she went to the doctor
some medicine for to find;
She said, "Doctor give me something
for to make the old man blind."
With me right foll diddy foll dearo,
and me right foll tour a lee.

"Feed him eggs and marrowbone
and make him suck them all;
It won't be very long after,
sure, he won't see you at all."
With me right foll diddy foll dearo,
and me right foll tour a lee.

She fed him eggs and marrowbone
and made him suck them all;
It wasn't very long after,
sure, he couldn't see the wall.
With me right foll diddy foll dearo,
and me right foll tour a lee.

Says he, "I think I'll drown myself,
but that might be a sin."
Says she, "I'll go to the water,
just to see you don't fall in."
With me right foll diddy foll dearo,
and me right foll tour a lee.

The old woman she stepped back
for to have a run and go;
The old man gently stepped aside,
and she went down below.
With me right foll diddy foll dearo,
and me right foll tour a lee.

She swam and swam and swam
until she could no further swim;
The old man grabbed a long, black pole
and pushed her further in.
With me right foll diddy foll dearo,
and me right foll tour a lee.

Now eatin' eggs and marrowbone
won't make the old man blind;
But, if you want to drown him,
you must creep up close behind.
With me right foll diddy foll dearo,
and me right foll tour a lee.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad, The Old Wife Of Slapsadam [Laws Q2] G Malcolm Laws, American Balladry From British Broadsides (1957) ....####
This variant recorded by The Fables (Tear The House Down / The Fables, trk#2, 1998, First City Productions, St John's, NL).

See more songs by The Fables.

A similar variant was arranged and recorded by Rankin Street (Pre-GBS tape - Live At The Blarneystone Pub in St John's, NL, trk#2, 1991, NRA Productions, Ltd).

See more songs by Great Big Sea.

Two other variants were collected by Kenneth Peacock, one in 1958 from Isaac Freeman Bennett [1896-1981] of St Paul's, NL, and one in 1960 from Leonard Hulan [1881-1964] of Jeffrey's, NL, and published as Eggs And Marrow-Bones in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.261-264, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

From Princeton WordNet Search:
Marrowbone - bone containing edible marrow, used especially in flavouring soup.

The video below features an excellent cover performance by Raymond Crooke of Melbourne, Australia.


#171: YouTube video by raymondcrooke
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

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(As arranged by The Fables.)

(Capo 2nd fret)

(a-cappella) (bass & drum beat)

Ah, there was an old woman from Wexford,
In Wexford town did dwell;
She loved her husband dearly,
And another one twice as well.

With me right foll diddy foll dearo,
And me right foll tour a lee.

One day she went to the doctor,
Some medicine for to find;
She said, "Doctor give me something,
For to make the old man blind."

With me right foll diddy foll dearo,
And me right foll tour a [A] lee.

Feed him eggs and marrowbone,
And [E] make him suck them [A] all;
It won't be very long [D] after,
Sure he [A] won't see you at [E] all.

With me [A] right foll diddy foll dearo,
And me [E] right foll tour a [A] lee.

She fed him eggs and marrowbone,
And [E] made him suck them [A] all;
It wasn't very [D] long after,
Sure he [A] couldn't see the [E] wall.

With me [A] right foll diddy foll dearo,
And me [E] right foll tour a [A] lee.

Says he, "I think I'll drown myself,
But [E] that might be a [A] sin."
Says she, "I'll go to the [D] water,
Just to [A] see you don't fall [E] in."

With me [A] right foll diddy foll dearo,
And me [E] right foll tour a [A] lee.

Interlude: Fiddle lead - Key change

[D] The old woman she stepped back for,
To [A] have a run and [D] go;
The old man gently [G] stepped aside,
And [D] she went down [A] below.

With me [D] right foll diddy foll dearo,
And me [A] right foll tour a [D] lee.

She swam and swam and swam until,
She [A] could no further [D] swim;
The old man grabbed a [G] long black pole,
And [D] pushed her further [A] in.

With me [D] right foll diddy foll dearo,
And me [A] right foll tour a [D] lee.

Now eatin' eggs and marrowbone,
Won't [A] make the old man [D] blind;
But, if you want to [G] drown him,
You must [D] creep up close be- [A] hind.

With me [D] right foll diddy foll dearo,
And me [A] right foll tour a [D] lee.

~ Chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~


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