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We Must Close Our Little Store On Sunday Morning
(Johnny Burke)
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Me name is Mrs Nevilles, I live on the higher levels,
I've a store right in the house that I was born in;
And since "Commission" took a notion
for to cross the briny ocean,
We must close our little store
on Sunday mornin'.

With me bundle on me shoulder
sure there's no one any bolder,
And I do adore the country I was born in.
"Arrah be gob," says Mrs Hookey -
"You'll be mighty, might lucky,
If you're not before Judge Brown
on Monday mornin'."

There's a girl called Kate Malone
whose got a small shop of her own,
And every thing she sells is really adornin'.
"And be gar," says Mrs Whitty -
"You can act so very pretty,
Leave me bologna on your
doorstep Sunday mornin'."

With me bundle on me shoulder
sure there's no one any bolder,
And I do adore the country I was born in.
"Arrah be gob," says Mrs Hookey -
"You'll be mighty, might lucky,
If you're not before Judge Brown
on Monday mornin'."

There's a store in "Quiti Viti"
which is stocked up very pretty,
With canned goods upon the shelves that is adornin';
And when Lar took up the papers he says -
"Emily, look be japers!
We must close our little store on Sunday mornin'."

With me bundle on me shoulder
sure there's no one any bolder,
And I do adore the country I was born in.
"Arrah be gob," says Mrs Hookey -
"You'll be mighty, might lucky,
If you're not before Judge Brown
on Monday mornin'."

####.... Johnny Burke [1851-1930] of St John's, NL, 1902 ....####
Published in Burke's Ballads, p.51, c.1960, compiled by John White and archived at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Libraries, Centre For Newfoundland Studies - Digitized Books collection.

See more songs by Johnny Burke.

GEST notes: Japers is in Hiberno-English - also known as Irish English - the dialect of English spoken in Ireland, not a misspelling.


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