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Butter And Cheese (MacEdward Leach)
See also: Butter And Cheese (Kenneth Peacock)

I'm very sorry, gentlemen,
you called on me for to sing,
For I can well assure you that
I can do no such a thing;
But since you have all called on me
I'll try what I can do,
But when I come to the chorus
I hope you'll join me, too;
Oh, I'll hope you'll join me, too.

I fell courting a jolly old cook,
and I'll tell you the reason why,
For when that I was hungry
my wants she would supply;
For when that I was hungry
my wants she would relieve,
She fed me on the best of pies,
likewise fresh mutton and beef;
Oh, likewise fresh mutton and beef.

She invited me to a supper
which I quickly give consent,
But to my sad misfortune
to her master's house I went;
Supper being all over
and I not very well pleased,
One pocket she crammed with butter,
And the other she crammed with cheese;
Oh, the other she crammed with cheese.

Supper being all over
and I could eat no more,
But to my sad misfortune
the old man he knocked at the door;
Where to go and bide myself
I'm sure I did not know,
And up in the chimney
I did get as black as any crow;
Oh, black as any crow.

The fire, it came very hot,
commenced to scorch my knees,
Likewise it melted the butter
and so neatly toasted my cheese;
The old man he was standing by,
he saw something good was there,
For every drop dropped in the fire
it caused the fire to flare;
Oh, it caused the fire to flare.

Out on the street I did get
my shamed face for to show,
My butter it was all melted
and I was black as a crow;
Oh, the dogs did bark
and children alarmed,
Old women went to the door to see,
And there they stepped a-calling out,
"There goes butter and cheese;
Oh, there goes butter and cheese!"

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a mid-19th-century music hall comic song referenced by MacEdward Leach and found in Owen Fawcett's Paul Pry Songster, published by A Winch (Philadelphia) in 1869, and archived in the Owen Fawcett Theatre Collection, 1858-1903 in the Special Collections Library of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Series VI, Subseries B, shelfmark: M1628.F38 and containing all the popular songs as sung by Owen Fawcett, the favorite comedian of the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia ....####

This variant was collected from Alexander March [1865-1953] of Port au Port, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Another variant was collected in 1959 from Mrs Clara Sophia Stevens [1916-1978] of Bellburns, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and also published as Butter And Cheese in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, p.251, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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