Eggs In The Basket (Traditional)
(Basket Of Eggs)

Two jolly sailors went out walking,
With their pockets filled with gold;
As they were walking, kindly talking,
A pretty fair girl they did behold.

'Twas a fair maid been carrying a basket,
Laid it down to take her ease;
One of them said, I'll carry your basket,
The answer was, kind sir, if you please.

Sailor, sailor, I know nothing of you,
Eggs in the basket, mind, take care;
And if by chance you should out-walk me,
At the ale house leave it there.

Behold, the sailor did out-walk her,
And the ale house he did spy;
The pretty damsel laughed at their fancy,
But on those sailors she kept an eye.

When he got into the ale house,
This to the landlord he did cry;
Landlord, landlord, a bit of bacon,
Eggs in the basket we'll have to fry.

The landlord went unto the basket,
Expecting there some eggs to find;
As he opened up the basket,
Instead of eggs there lies a child.

One of the sailors cursed and swore,
The other stood and list' for a while;
Here's fifty pounds I'll lay down,
To any fair girl who owns this child.

Has the fair girl been standing near,
And listening to the words he said?
Is I will take it, kindly treat it,
When the money is paid.

Sailor, he paid down the money,
Great favour to the babe was shown;
Said the maid, come let's be friendly,
Sure you know the child is mine and your own.

Are you the girl they call lovely Nancy,
Danced with me last Easter day?
Yes, kind sir, and I pleased your fancy,
Now, the fiddler you must pay.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an early 19th-century British broadside ballad, Basket Of Eggs, published by W Armstrong (London) sometime between 1820 and 1824, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 28(166) ....####
From Folk Music Of South East Bight, NL.


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