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Up To The Rigs (MacEdward Leach)

In London city I lost my way,
Down by Cheapside I chanced to stray;
I met a girl all suddenly,
She spoke to me both mild and meek.

I was up to the rigs, down to the jigs,
I was up to the rigs in London town.

She asked me to her house of fame,
She kindly asked what is your name?
And then for supper she did call,
Expecting me to pay for all.

I was up to the rigs, down to the jigs,
I was up to the rigs in London town.

About the hour of ten or so,
'Twas off to bed she wanted to go;
With a sort of a sigh I gave consent,
And off to bed with her I went.

I was up to the rigs, down to the jigs,
I was up to the rigs in London town.

Just at the hour of twelve or so,
I thought it was time for me to go;
Stole her gold watch, a silken gown,
Silver snuff box, and ten pounds.

I was up to the rigs, down to the jigs,
I was up to the rigs in London town.

Come all young fellows who go out on sprees,
Beware the girl you chance to meet;
And treat her kind what e'er betide,
Think of the joke down by Cheapside.

And be up to the rigs, down to the jigs,
And be up to the rigs in London town.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad, The Countryman's Ramble In Cheapside (1803) ....####

Collected in 1950 from 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: Rigs are tricks or shenanigans.

From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
Jig - an engagement or date with someone of the opposite sex.


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