#01250
The Keyhole In The Door (MacEdward Leach)

I left the parlour early,
I suppose it was scarce nine,
By damn good luck or fortune
her room was next to mine;
My mind being like Columbia's,
it was turning o'er and o'er,
I took a slight proceeding
through the keyhole in the door.

She first took off her collar
which fell upon the floor,
I saw her stoop to get it
through the keyhole in the door;
A dark and a dim blue garter
all around her leg she wore,
She was one handsome picture
through the keyhole in the door.

She then proceeded further
to take off her outward clothes,
With many sorts of linen,
there were fifteen, I suppose;
With many sorts of linen,
I'll bet there was a score,
In fact, I could not count them
through the keyhole in the door.

Then up before the looking glass
this pretty girl she stood,
A-viewing of her beauty
it brought fever in my blood;
My hair it stood like brushes
all on some angry boar,
Good God, I felt like jumping
through the keyhole in the door.

She sat before the fire
her little feet to warm,
With nothing but a nightshirt
to conceal her little form;
I said pull up that nightshirt
and I'll ask you nothing more,
You bet I saw her do it
through the keyhole in the door.

And then upon the pillows
she laid her little head,
The light being grown dimmer
it brought shadows o'er her bed;
I knew the show was over,
and I knew there's nothing more,
I then took my departure
from the keyhole in the door.

Come all young men of science
who oftimes strain your eyes,
The viewing of those planets
all in the starry skies;
A-viewing of those planets
you may view them o'er and o'er,
But the telescope is nothing
to the keyhole in the door.

####.... 19th-century parlour song attributed to Eugene Field [1850-1895] ....####
Sung in 1950 by Raymond Noseworthy [1914-1985] of Pouch Cove, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Note: The plot of this song is related to The Whummil Bore [Child ballad #27].


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