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Cabbage And Goose (Kenneth Peacock)
The Ship Carpenter's Wife

Come listen to my ditty you frolicsome folks,
A story I'll tell you of a comical joke,
A story I'll tell you that lately was told
Concerning a woman to an auction was sold.
I sung whack sha lay roll oh, whack sha lay roll oh,
Whack sha lay roll, sha lay roll oh dee.

A ship's carpenter lived out a mile a-from here,
He being a little too fond of the beer;
Being hard up for brass it was true, 'pon my life,
For a ten-shilling auction he sold off his wife.
I sung whack sha lay roll oh, whack sha lay roll oh,
Whack sha lay roll, sha lay roll oh dee.

Oh the bargain was made as the cart it came down,
The first was the tailor who bid half a crown.
Said he, "I will make her a lady so spruce,
I will fatten her up upon cabbage and goose."
I sung whack sha lay roll oh, whack sha lay roll oh,
Whack sha lay roll, sha lay roll oh dee.

Five-and-six and three cents," the old butcher he said.
"Six-and-ten," cried the barber with his curly head.
And up speaks the cobbler, says he, "And three cracks,
I will give you nine shillings and two balls of wax."
I sung whack sha lay roll oh, whack sha lay roll oh,
Whack sha lay roll, sha lay roll oh dee.

"Thank you sir, thank you sir," said the bold auctioneer,
"Thank you sir, thank you sir - ain't there nobody here
That will bid any more, isn't that a bad job?
Going, going," I say, "now she's gone for ten bob."
I sung whack sha lay roll oh, whack sha lay roll oh,
Whack sha lay roll, sha lay roll oh dee.

Oh the bargain was made and concluded the sale,
The sailor he paid the brass down on the nail.
He shook and twirled Betsy and gave her a slap,
And took her right home up on top of his back.
I sung whack sha lay roll oh, whack sha lay roll oh,
Whack sha lay roll, sha lay roll oh dee.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a Scottish broadside ballad, The Ship Carpenter's Wife, probably published between 1830 and 1850, and archived in The Word On The Street digital library at the National Library of Scotland, shelfmark: L.C.Fol.178.A.2(119) ....####

This variant was collected in 1958 from Isaac Freeman Bennett [1896-1981] of St Paul's, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, p.253, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

The National Library of Scotland's collection includes one broadside entitled Sale Of A Wife detailing the sale of a woman, named Mary MacKintosh, on the 16th July, 1828, in Edinburgh's Grassmarket.


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