#02183
Pork In The Cupboard (Kenneth Peacock)

La da diddle la diddle la diddle dum da,
Da diddle la diddle la diddle dum da,
La da diddle la diddle la da da diddle,
La diddle la dum dum da,
La da diddle la diddle dum da,
Da diddle la diddle la diddle dum da.

Oh, there's pork in the cupboard,
There's beef on the shelf,
If no one don't eat it I'll eat it myself.
La da diddle la diddle la da da diddle,
La diddle la dum dum da,
La da diddle la diddle la diddle dum da,
Da diddle la diddle la diddle dum da.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional NFLD chin music ....####

Collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1952 from Mrs Ellen Mary (Nellie) Musseau [1892-1973] of Mouse Island, Port-Aux-Basques, NL and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, p.91, by the National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Kenneth Peacock noted that 'chin' or 'mouth' music is a vocal imitation of instrumental music and is used for dancing when a fiddle or accordion is not handy. Some singers, like Mrs Musseau, become so proficient that they are often called upon even when instruments are available.

Other examples of chin music collected by Kenneth Peacock can be found in the songs The Old Mayflower, I Got A Bonnet Trimmed With Blue, and The Cuckoo's Nest, all of which were also sung by Mrs Musseau.


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