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Blue Hen (Coll by MacEdward Leach)

See also: Betsy Brennan's Blue Hen (Gerald Doyle)

Good people, attention to what I will mention,
Of the little blue hen that I bought in the fall;
Some villain he stole her to sharpen his molar,
A low dirty scoundrel with plenty of gall.

This hen I did pride her though ofttimes she admired her,
The universe 'round I would roam for her then;
Till some wicked savage to grace his white cabbage,
Walked off with my darling beautiful hen.

May his eyeballs turn red, may the quilt in his bed,
Oh, prod him till he's dead and tormented and then,
May two girls from the Nor'ard stick pins in his forehead,
The villain that lifted my little blue hen.

This hen she had dozens of nephews and cousins,
The universe 'round I would roam for her sake;
Till some wicked savage to grace his white cabbage,
Walked off with my darling beautiful hen.

He left me sad-hearted since meself and him parted,
And worn to a shadow and thin as a wren;
Till some sneaking villain his coppers to fatten,
Marched off with my darling beautiful hen.

####.... Author unknown, but a possible variant of Betsy Brennan's Blue Hen by Johnny Burke ....####

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).


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