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The Cashmere Shawl (Kenneth Peacock)

As I rovèd out one fine morning
To view the fair fields all around,
It was there I beheld a fair couple
Conversing in sweet loving sounds.

As I entered their long conversation
Their thoughts I did soon overhaul,
When the young man he seemed to despise me
For wearing the cashmere shawl.

Oh, since it is by my hard earnings
I'll wear it for no man I fear,
And since it is by my hard earnings
My bonny I never will spare.

But since it is up to the fashion,
And likewise by Adam's downfall,
Why that's the same reason induced me
To wear the cashmere shawl.

The beasts of prey have no clothing
For they are all covered with hair,
And the birds of the forest have feathers
To shelter them from the cold air.

But those who don't have such fine feathers
Are never admired at all,
And that's the same reason induced me
To wear the cashmere shawl.

When Adam first entered the garden
The devil walked out for a cruise,
And then he did tempt the woman
To eat the forbidden fruit.

Oh, Eve threw an apple to Adam,
And that's what brought sin on us all,
And that's the same reason induced me
To wear the cashmere shawl.

Oh, since the creation of Adam
There's no man is born without sin,
And since the creation of Adam
Women's been the ruination of men.

They will cause you to rob and to plunder,
Do things I won't mention at all,
Why that's the same reason induced me
To wear the cashmere shawl.

Oh, you are the elegant young man,
Your cap is made out of seal-skin,
Your jolly fine pumps and fine stockings
To cover your fire-burning chin.

Likewise you've a cashmere waist-coat,
Oh, gosh it's an elegant coat!
With a jolly fine chain from your watch
It will make you as proud as a goat.

Oh, you are the elegant young girl
With a ribbon tied under your chin,
Your jolly fine plumes and fine feathers,
In order to coax the young men.

Likewise you've a belt of white leather
In order to make your waist small,
With pride you are gone to the devil
For wearing the cashmere shawl.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland ballad ....####

Collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1959 from Mrs Clara Sophia Stevens [1916-1978] of Bellburns, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 3, pp.777-778, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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