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The Tinker Behind The Door (Kenneth Peacock)
See also: The Tinker Behind The Door (Figgy Duff)

In London town where I do dwell,
A buxom lass I know quite well,
In London town where I do dwell,
A buxom lass I know quite well,
A servant to a gentleman,
A tinker came to her to sell her a pan.
     All to kettle fall dettle fall I gee oh,
     Whack fall dettle fall I gee oh.

The gentleman being out one day
The tinker came here to sport and play,
The gentleman being out one day
The tinker came here to sport and play,
He got this maid behind the door,
And gently laid her on the floor.
     All to kettle fall dettle fall I gee oh,
     Whack fall dettle fall I gee oh.

The joke was over and for his pan
She slipped him twenty guineas in hand,
The joke was over and for his pan
She slipped him twenty guineas in hand,
Saying, "If you pass this way again
My kettle is ready to boil the same."
     All to kettle fall dettle fall I gee oh,
     Whack fall dettle fall I gee oh.

"The landlord will get me a pot of good beer,
For twenty guineas I have got here.
The landlord will get me a pot of good beer,
For twenty guineas I have got here."
"Your money is good, my liquor is fine,
You may stay here with me and dine."
     All to kettle fall dettle fall I gee oh,
     Whack fall dettle fall I gee oh.

It was not long so I've been told
The tinker used up all his gold,
It was not long so I've been told
The tinker used up all his gold,
He's got to do as he did before,
Go boil the kettle behind the door.
     All to kettle fall dettle fall I gee oh,
     Whack fall dettle fall I gee oh.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an early 19th-century British broadside ballad, Beverly Maid And The Tinker, published by J Pitts (London) sometime between 1828 and 1829, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 25(186) ....####
This variant was collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1960 from Leonard Hulan [1881-1964] of Jeffrey's, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.318-319, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

A variant was recorded in 1980 as The Tinker Behind The Door by Figgy Duff (Figgy Duff, trk#7, 1980 LP, Posterity Records, Toronto, Ontario, recorded and mixed at Nimbus 9 Sound Stage Studios, Toronto, produced by Gary Furniss and Tom Treumuth for Hypnotic Productions); and re-released by Figgy Duff 17 years later (Figgy Duff, trk#7, 1997 CD, produced by Gary Furniss and Tom Treumuth).


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