#02912
Old Maid In The Garrett (Shanneyganock) video
See also: Old Maid In The Garrett (Masterless Men)
And also: Old Maid In A Garret (Clancys and Makem)
#1427: YouTube video by TheNewfoundlandMusic
©2016 ~ Used with permission ~

Well, I've often heard it said
by me father and me mother,
That going to a wedding was the making of another;
If that be so, then I'll go without a bidding,
It's kind providence to have me to a wedding.
And it's oh, dear me, how will it be,
if I die an old maid in the garrett?

Well, I can cook and I can sew,
I can keep the house right tidy,
Get up in the morning, get the breakfast ready;
Nothing in this wide world
that makes me half as cheery,
As a wee fat man to call me his own dearie.
And it's oh, dear me, how will it be,
if I die an old maid in the garrett?

Well now, there's me sister Jean,
she's not handsome or good looking,
Scarcely sixteen and a fellow she was courtin';
Now she's twenty-four, she's a son and a daughter,
Here am I, forty-five, I haven't had an offer.
And it's oh, dear me, how will it be,
if I die an old maid in the garrett?

Well, come tinker or come tailor,
come dancer, or come sailor,
Come fiddler, come ploughboy,
come darling or come tailor;
Come rich man, come poor man,
come fool or come witty,
Come any man at all, who'd marry me for pity.
And it's oh, dear me, how will it be,
if I die an old maid in the garrett?

Well now, I'm on me way home,
there's nobody heedin',
Nobody heedin' to poor Annie's pleadin';
I'm on me way home to me own wee bit garrett,
If I can't have a man, I'll have to do with puddy.
And it's oh, dear me, how will it be
if I die an old maid in the garrett?
And it's oh, dear me, how will it be
if I die an old maid in the garrett?

####.... Variant of a 17th-century ballad written by Martin Parker of London, The Wooing Maid, and printed on a broadside which was entered by Thomas Lambert in the Stationers' Register June 18, 1636 ....####
The video above features a recording by Shanneyganock followed by the quick instrumental, Gravel Walk (Live at O'Reilly's, Vol.1, trk#1, 2000, recorded live at O'Reilly's Pub, St John's NL, Avondale Music, St John's, NL).

See more songs by Shanneyganock.

A variant was recorded as Old Maid In A Garret by the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem (Home Boys Home, 1968).

See more songs by the Clancys and Makem.

The Masterless Men also recorded a variant as Old Maid In The Garrett (Back On Track, trk#4, 2000, Masterless Men, Mount Pearl, NL, produced by Spencer Crew and Masterless Men).

See more songs by Masterless Men.


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