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Coupon Song (MacEdward Leach)

The difference in jobs now they're giving away,
Of hundreds and thousands of coupons each day;
You'll get good things for nothing
as you'll bet your life,
I got something good for nothing
when I got my wife.

I am saving up enough coupons to get one of those,
Now ten thousand coupons is what my wife cost;
Now ten thousand more now to have her divorced,
I am savin' up coupons to get one of those.

My brother got a habit in writing and reading,
He saved for to buy an automobile;
But the day that he bought her
from smokin' he died,
And it's home to the graveyard was his only drive.

Now his wife she got busy no time did she lose,
When some lucky guy stepped into brother's shoes;
And now every day these two may be seen,
Goin' drivin' around in poor buddy's machine.

I have saved enough coupons to get one of those,
My wife goes a-travelin', a-drivin' she goes;
I hope when they're in it the darn t'ing will explode,
I'm savin up coupons to get one of those.

We're now ready here in a nice little flat,
And all that we got is a dog and a cat;
And the lady next door is chock full of joy,
When the chauffer come in he left a fat baby boy.

I have saved enough coupons to get one of those,
My wife she is makin some cute baby clothes;
I don't know who told her but somehow she knows,
I'm savin' up coupons to get one of those.

####.... Variant of an early 20th-century bluegrass comedy song by Bill Monroe of Jerusalem Ridge, Kentucky, recorded as a single by RCA in 1941. (Mule Skinner Blues CD, RCA, 1991, and Essential Bill Monroe And The Monroe Brothers CD, RCA, 1997) ....####

Collected in 1951 from Mrs Thomas (Anastasia Ryan) Ghaney [1883-1959] of Fermeuse, 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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