#02775
The Old Maid (Mark Hiscock) video
See also: Old Maid In A Garret
(Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem)
#1299: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

A landsman, a kinsman, a tinker or a tailor,
Fiddler or a dancer, a ploughboy or a sailor;
Gentleman, a poor man, a fool or a witty,
Don't let me die an old maid,
just take me out of pity.

I had a sister Sally, who's younger than I am,
She had so many sweethearts
she had to deny 'em;
As for my own world I never had any,
If you want to my heart, I'll be thankful for any.

A landsman, a kinsman, a tinker or a tailor,
Fiddler or a dancer, a ploughboy or a sailor;
Gentleman, a poor man, a fool or a witty,
Don't let me die an old maid,
just take me out of pity.

I had a sister Susie, was ugly and misshapen,
Before she was sixteen years old she was taken;
Before she was eighteen a son and a daughter,
Here am I at six and forty and nary an offer.

A landsman, a kinsman, a tinker or a tailor,
Fiddler or a dancer, a ploughboy or a sailor;
Gentleman, a poor man, a fool or a witty,
Don't let me die an old maid,
just take me out of pity.

I never will be stolen, I never will be jealous,
My husband will have money
to go to the ale house;
While he's there and drinkin',
I'll be home and savin',
And I'll leave it to the world if I am worth havin'.

A landsman, a kinsman, a tinker or a tailor,
Fiddler or a dancer, a ploughboy or a sailor;
Gentleman, a poor man, a fool or a witty,
Don't let me die an old maid,
just take me out of pity.

A landsman, a kinsman, a tinker or a tailor,
Fiddler or a dancer, a ploughboy or a sailor;
Gentleman, a poor man, a fool or a witty,
Don't let me die an old maid,
just take me out of pity.

####.... Variant of a 17th-century ballad by Martin Parker of London, The Wooing Maid ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by Mark Hiscock (The Music Takes Me Back, trk#12, 2003, Avondale Music, St John's, NL).

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A variant was recorded by the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem (Home Boys Home, 1968).

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A variant was also recorded by Dick Nolan (Dick Nolan, trk#9, 1975, RCA Records, Toronto, Ontario).

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A variant was recorded by Shanneyganock (Live at O'Reilly's. Vol.1, trk#1, 2000, recorded live at O'Reilly's Pub, St John's NL).

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Also, the Cormiers recorded a variant (The Shamrock, Thistle & Rose, trk#12, 2002, Independent, produced with Rick Hollett, Conception Bay South, NL).

See more songs by the Cormiers.

The Masterless Men also recorded a variant (Back On Track, trk#4, 2000, Masterless Men, Mount Pearl, NL).

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