#03553
Eggs And Marrow Bones (Figgy Duff) video
See also: Eggs And Marrow-Bones
(Kenneth Peacock)
And also: The Old Woman From Wexford
(The Fables)
#2356: YouTube video by gdgest
©2013 ~ Used with permission ~

There was an old woman in Boney,
in Boney she did dwell,
She loved her husband dearly
and another man twice as well.
With me riddle um diddle um die dee
and me riddle um diddle um day,
Me riddle um diddle um die dee aye,
come whack fall lair all day.

She went to the doctor
to see what she could find,
She wanted to get something
for to make her old man blind.
With me riddle um diddle um die dee
and me riddle um diddle um day,
Me riddle um diddle um die dee aye,
come whack fall lair all day.

"Now, you go get three marrow bones
and pound them up quite small,
And give them to the old man
and make him eat them all.
With me riddle um diddle um die dee
and me riddle um diddle um day,
Me riddle um diddle um die dee aye,
come whack fall lair all day.

She went and got three marrow bones
and pounded them up quite small,
She gave them to the old man
and made him eat them all.
With me riddle um diddle um die dee
and me riddle um diddle um day,
Me riddle um diddle um die dee aye,
come whack fall lair all day.

"Oh, now I'm old and foolish,
in this world I cannot stay,
Sure I will go and drown myself
if you'll show me the way way."
With me riddle um diddle um die dee
and me riddle um diddle um day,
Me riddle um diddle um die dee aye,
come whack fall lair all day.

"For you to go and drown yourself,
I think 'twould be a sin,
But I will go along with you
and help to shove you in."
With me riddle um diddle um die dee
and me riddle um diddle um day,
Me riddle um diddle um die dee aye,
come whack fall lair all day.

They went down to the river
and she went to shove him in,
Then this little man he stepped to one side
and then she tumbled in.
With me riddle um diddle um die dee
and me riddle um diddle um day,
Me riddle um diddle um die dee aye,
come whack fall lair all day.

She screamed and she hollered
just as loud as she could bawl,
Then this little man he said to her,
"I can't see you at all."
With me riddle um diddle um die dee
and me riddle um diddle um day,
Me riddle um diddle um die dee aye,
come whack fall lair all day.

And now she's at the bottom
and she's gone into some hole,
Where the sharks will take her body
and the devil will take her soul.
With me riddle um diddle um die dee
and me riddle um diddle um day,
Me riddle um diddle um die dee aye,
come whack fall lair all day.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad, The Old Wife Of Slapsadam [Laws Q2] G Malcolm Laws, American Balladry From British Broadsides (1957). ....####
The video above features Figgy Duff performing live at the Fifth Annual Newfoundland Folk Festival in St John's Pippy Park on opening day June 27, 1981.

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A variant was recorded as The Old Woman From Wexford by Great Big Sea - Pre GBS (Rankin Street Tape - Live At The Blarneystone, 1991)

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A variant was also recorded as The Old Woman From Wexford by The Fables, Tear The House Down, September, 1998. Performance rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved.

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Kenneth Peacock collected two variants as Eggs And Marrow-Bones from Isaac Freeman Bennett [1896-1981] of St Paul's, NL, in 1958, and from Leonard Hulan [1881-1964] of Jeffrey's, NL, in 1960. Peacock noted that there is more in this charming little homicidal ditty than first meets the eye. It is possible the old lady was a witch because, in a fragment from New England, society gains its revenge by drowning her. In Witchcraft In Old And New England, Kittredge tells of a witch's punishment by drowning recorded in a ninth or tenth century land deed in Northamptonshire. But the explanation Peacock favoured goes back much further than this - to the times of Hammurabi in ancient Babylonia where a woman suspected of adultery was required to jump into the sacred river and take her chances with the fates. If she floated, she was fished out as innocent; but if she sank, her body was allowed to descend into the nether regions where presumably the sharks would eat her body and the devil would take her soul.


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