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The Milkman's Lament (Kenneth Peacock)

I am a young milkman in sad lamentation,
I worked all my life for honour and gain,
Till at length I courted a pretty young maiden,
And love is the cause of a good many's pain.

It's home sweet home, fair baby lie easy,
Indeed your young dadda will never be known;
I am weeping, I am wailing, I am rocking of the cradle,
And nursing the baby and the child not my own.

I once fell in love with your innocent momma,
Like all other fools I was blessed with a wife,
But to my misfortune and sad lamentation
I found she was the plague all the days of my life.

It's home sweet home, fair baby lie easy,
Indeed your young dadda will never be known;
I am weeping, I am wailing, I am rocking of the cradle,
And nursing the baby and the child not my own.

Some other night she may go to some party,
I stays at home, rocks the cradle alone,
The innocent baby which calls me his dadda,
But little do he think I am not his own.

It's home sweet home, fair baby lie easy,
Indeed your young dadda will never be known;
I am weeping, I am wailing, I am rocking of the cradle,
And nursing the baby and the child not my own.

Come all you young men that now goes a-courting,
Pray take my advice leave the women alone,
It's by the Lord Harry as sure as you marry
You'll be rocking the cradle and the child not your own.

It's home sweet home, fair baby lie easy,
Indeed your young dadda will never be known;
I am weeping, I am wailing, I am rocking of the cradle,
And nursing the baby and the child not my own.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of Rock All Our Babies To Sleep first recorded in 1924 by Riley Puckett [1894-1946] ....####

Collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1959 from Mrs Wallace (Amelia J) Kinslow [1903-1985] of Isle aux Morts, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 2, pp.478-479, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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