#02636
St John's Girls (Shanneyganock) video
See also: Peter Street (MacEdward Leach
And also Peter Street (The Fables)
#1117: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

And the way you send me, my dear Annie,
Oh, you St John's girls can't you dance the polka?

Ye landsmen and you seamen,
come listen to my song,
It's of a trick was played on me,
it won't delay you long;
I came from sea the other day,
a fair girl I did meet,
She kindly asked me to a dance
was up on Peter Street.

And the way you send me, my dear Annie,
Oh, you St John's girls can't you dance the polka?

And as the dance was over,
straight to the bed did go,
Was little did I ever think
she'd pull my overthrow;
Robbed my gold watch, and thirty pounds,
a pack of fags and fled,
And left me here stark naked,
alone upon the bed.

And the way you send me, my dear Annie,
Oh, you St John's girls can't you dance the polka?

When I awoke in the morning
it was nothing did I spy,
But a woman's shirt and apron
upon the bed did lie;
I wrung my hands, I tore my hair,
I cried, what shall I do?
For tonight I'm bound for Wicklow town,
no more will I see you.

And the way you send me, my dear Annie,
Oh, you St John's girls can't you dance the polka?

Now as the streets were lonesome
at the hour of two o'clock,
I put on me shirt and apron
and marched down to the dock;
The crew they saw me coming
and these words to me did say,
My dear old Jack, you've struck a snap
since you've been gone away.

And the way you send me, my dear Annie,
Oh, you St John's girls can't you dance the polka?

Are those the new spring fashions
that the ladies wear on shore?
Where is the shop you bought 'em at,
and is there any more?
The captain on the quarterdeck
looked at me with a frown,
Sayin', Jack, I'd buy a better suit
than that for thirty pounds.

And the way you send me, my dear Annie,
Oh, you St John's girls can't you dance the polka?

Ye landsmen and you seamen,
a warning take by me,
Be sure to choose good company
when you go out on spree;
'Cause if you do you'll surely rue,
you'll find yourself like me,
With a woman's shirt and apron
for to fit you out for sea!

And the way you send me, my dear Annie,
Oh, you St John's girls can't you dance the polka?

And the way you send me, my dear Annie,
Oh, you St John's girls can't you dance the polka?

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad, The Shirt And The Apron [Laws K42] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957) ....####
This variant was recorded by Shanneyganock (Set You Free, trk#16; 2004, Avondale Music, St John's, NL, produced by Patrick Moran, recorded and engineered by Spencer Crewe at Great Big Studio).

See more songs by Shanneyganock.

A variant was recorded as Peter Street by The Fables (Tear The House Down, 1998) and Signal Hill (Live At The Lower Deck III, 2007).

A variant was sung by Jacob Noseworthy [1900-1985] of Pouch Cove, NL, and published as Peter Street in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was also published as #112, The Shirt And The Apron in Ballads And Sea Songs Of Newfoundland by Elisabeth Bristol Greenleaf and Grace Yarrow Mansfield (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1933; Folklore Associates, Hatboro, Pennsylvania, 1968).



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