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Old Maid In The Garrett (Masterless Men) video
See also: Old Maid In The Garrett (Shanneyganock)
And also: Old Maid In A Garret (Clancys/Makem)
#2067: YouTube video by NLTreasure
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Well, I have often heard it said
from me father and me mother,
That going to a weddin' was the making of another;
Well, if this be so, then I'll go without a biddin',
Oh, it's kind providence
when you take me to a weddin'.
And it's oh, dear me, how would it be
if I died an old maid in the garrett?

Ah now, there's my sister Jean,
she's not handsome or good lookin',
Now scarcely sixteen and a fellow she was courtin';
Now she's twenty-four with a son and a daughter,
And here I'm forty-five, but I've never had an offer.
And it's oh, dear me, how would it be
if I died an old maid in the garrett?

Well, I can cook and I can sew,
I can keep the house right tidy,
Rise up in the mornin'
and get the breakfast ready;
There's nothin' in this wide world
that makes me half so cheery,
As a wee fat man who would
make me his own dearie.
And it's oh, dear me, how would it be,
if I died an old maid in the garrett?

And it's oh, dear me, how would it be
if I died an old maid in the garrett?

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

Ah now, I'm away from home,
and there's nobody heedin',
There's nobody heedin' to poor old Annie's pleadin';
Now I'm away home to me own wee bit o' garrett,
If I can't find a man, well, I'll surely find a parrot.
And it's oh, dear me, how would it be,
if I died an old maid in the garrett?
And it's oh, dear me, how would it be
if I died an old maid in the garrett?

####.... Variant of a 17th-century ballad by Martin Parker of London, The Wooing Maid, printed on a broadside which was entered in the Stationers' Register June 18, 1636 by Thomas Lambert ....####
The variant above was arranged and recorded by Masterless Men (Back On Track, trk#4, 2000 CD, Masterless Men, Mount Pearl, NL, produced by Spencer Crewe and Masterless Men).

See more songs by the Masterless Men.

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 Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem.

A variant was also recorded by Shanneyganock as Old Maid In The Garrett, 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).

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