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The Lass In Bethlehem Green (MacEdward Leach)
(The Dutchman's Wife)

There is a lass in Bethlehem Green,
The finest lass that ever was seen;
Her hair was red, her eyes was blue,
Her dreadful end I'll tell to you.

Once she had a lot of beaux,
She at them all turned up her nose;
Now growing tired of a single life,
She then became a Dutchman's wife.

To me yanky-pranky-ooo-loo-loo,
To me yanky-pranky-ah-ha-ha;
Jealousy being both trouble and strife,
And that come sure to the Dutchman's wife.

When he comes home she outward pops,
To buy some bread to the bakery shop;
The baker being a man of a single life,
He then took sight to the Dutchman's wife.

Says Mrs Green to Mrs Brown,
Soon the news went 'round the town;
Mrs Brown she began to chin,
To better than she ought to've been.

To me yanky-pranky-ooo-loo-loo,
To me yanky-pranky-ah-ha-ha;
Jealousy being both trouble and strife,
And that come sure to the Dutchman's wife.

Says Mrs Brown to him one day,
We'll watch the shop and then we'll see;
They watched the shop and sure as life,
The baker kissed the Dutchman's wife.

The Dutchman waits to see no more,
Straight to a public house next door;
There being drinking until night,
Then came rolling home right tight.

To me yanky-pranky-ooo-loo-loo,
To me yanky-pranky-ah-ha-ha;
Jealousy being both trouble and strife,
And that come sure to the Dutchman's wife.

When she got up to open the door,
Soon did he fell her on the floor;
Stabbed her twice with a carving knife,
And that put an end to the Dutchman's wife.

When he saw she was no more,
Like a child he began to roar;
He hobbed and he sobbed but 'twas all in vain,
He could not pitch her back again.

To me yanky-pranky-ooo-loo-loo,
To me yanky-pranky-ah-ha-ha;
Jealousy being both trouble and strife,
And that come sure to the Dutchman's wife.

He runned upstairs one helluva smack,
He hove himself on the broad of back;
Struck his head with a pall below,
And that put an end to the Dutchman-O

####.... Author unknown ....####

Sung in 1950 by Francis (Ernest) Poole [1881-?] of Cape Ray, 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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