#01771
The One Thing Or The Other (Peter Kennedy)
See also: The One Thing Or The Other (Peacock)

At the age of twenty-one
I was in the prime of life,
Me mother often told me
to go and choose a wife;
To go and choose a wife,
I knew little about the bother,
At the same time I was thinking
on the one thing or the other.

Mush-a-whack-a-row-di-dow-now,
Right-fol-di-daddy;
Mush-a-whack-a-row-di-dow-now,
Right-fol-di-dee.

I went to a wee girl
that I for sometime knew,
To tell her what me mother
was advising me to do;
What d'you earn? cries the sister;
What d'you earn? cries the mother,
And to cut the story short, says I:
It's the one thing or the other.

Mush-a-whack-a-row-di-dow-now,
Right-fol-di-daddy;
Mush-a-whack-a-row-di-dow-now,
Right-fol-di-dee.

Now we have got married,
we lead a happy life,
I'm her loving husband,
and she's my loving wife;
We live in peace and unity,
right well content together,
In our daily occupation
at the one thing or the other.

Mush-a-whack-a-row-di-dow-now,
Right-fol-di-daddy;
Mush-a-whack-a-row-di-dow-now,
Right-fol-di-dee.

A year passed away,
and we never knew a care,
But now the people say that
we're going to have an heir;
It's a son, cries the sister;
It's a daughter, cries the mother,
And to cut the story short, says I:
It's the one thing or the other.

Mush-a-whack-a-row-di-dow-now,
Right-fol-di-daddy;
Mush-a-whack-a-row-di-dow-now,
Right-fol-di-dee.

'Twas on a Monday morning,
just as me story runs,
'Twas on a Monday morning,
when first I heard the twins;
It was on a Monday morning
my grief I couldn't smother,
As I listened to the squalling
of the one thing and the other.

Mush-a-whack-a-row-di-dow-now,
Right-fol-di-daddy;
Mush-a-whack-a-row-di-dow-now,
Right-fol-di-dee.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional British folksong ....####

This variant was collected by Peter Douglas Kennedy [1922-2006] of London and Leckhampton, Gloucestershire, UK, and published as #209 in Folksongs Of Britain And Ireland (Oak Publications, New York, 1975).

A variant was collected in 1958 from James Decker [1909-1993] of Parson's Pond, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published as The One Thing Or The Other in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.312-313, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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