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Scolding Wife (Great Big Sea) video
See also: The Scolding Wife (MacEdward Leach)
#362: YouTube video by Shamy1196 ©2008
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Well, I came into a scolding wife
a few short years ago,
And ever since I lead a life
of misery and woe;
Me wife she is a tyrant,
around her rule and in,
Oh, she'd sell me to the devil
for a glass or two of gin.

Sure, I get up and go to work
as mild as any man,
And she'll get up and dress herself
and go and have her dram;
And if I chance to say a word,
it's well I know my doom,
She'll follow me with the fire shovel,
up and down the room.

And if the devil'd take her,
I'd thank him for his pain,
I swear to God I'll hang meself
if I get married again;
And if the devil'd take her,
I'd thank him for his pain,
Oh, I swear to God I'll hang meself
if I get married again.

When I get up at breakfast time
she'll tap me on the head,
When I come home at dinnertime
I'll find her drunk in bed;
When I come home at suppertime,
with patience I must stop,
'Cause she drinks what's in the teapot,
and I must drink the slops.

And if the devil'd take her,
I'd thank him for his pain,
I swear to God I'll hang meself
if I get married again;
And if the devil'd take her,
I'd thank him for his pain,
Oh, I swear to God I'll hang meself
if I get married again.

Well, once I asked me scolding wife
if I could go to bed,
She scarce gave me an hour on
the pillow to lay me head;
When like a roaring lion she
came busting down the door,
She caught me by the middle
and threw me naked on the floor.

And if the devil'd take her,
I'd thank him for his pain,
I swear to God I'll hang meself
if I get married again;
And if the devil'd take her,
I'd thank him for his pain,
Oh, I swear to God I'll hang meself
if I get married again.

Now, me and my companions
go to a public place,
She'll search around the neighbourhood
until she finds my face;
She hoists me up in ridicule
before the company,
Sayin', "Petticoats is your master
and forevermore shall be."

And if the devil'd take her,
I'd thank him for his pain,
I swear to God I'll hang meself
if I get married again;
And if the devil'd take her,
I'd thank him for his pain,
Oh, I swear to God I'll hang meself
if I get married again.

And if the devil'd take her,
I'd thank him for his pain,
I swear to God I'll hang meself
if I get married again;
And if the devil'd take her,
I'd thank him for his pain,
Oh, I swear to God I'll hang meself
if I get married again.

And if the devil'd take her,
I'd thank him for his pain,
I swear to God I'll hang meself
if I get married again;
And if the devil'd take her,
I'd thank him for his pain,
Oh, I swear to God I'll hang meself
if I get married again.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a traditional ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by Great Big Sea of St John's, NL (Sea Of No Cares, trk#4, 2002, WEA, Scarborough, Ontario).

See more songs by Great Big Sea.

A variant was also sung in 1951 by John (Jack) Knight [1883-1975] of Shoe Cove, NL, as The Scolding Wife and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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