Butter And Cheese (MacEdward Leach) video

See also: Butter And Cheese (Kenneth Peacock)
#2301: YouTube video by Horus Music Ltd
©2017 ~ Used with permission ~

I'm very sorry, gentlemen,
you called on me for to sing,
For I can well assure you that
I can do no such a thing;
But since you have all called on me
I'll try what I can do,
But when I come to the chorus
I hope you'll join me, too;
Oh, I'll hope you'll join me, too.

I fell courting a jolly old cook,
and I'll tell you the reason why,
For when that I was hungry
my wants she would supply;
For when that I was hungry
my wants she would relieve,
She fed me on the best of pies,
likewise fresh mutton and beef;
Oh, likewise fresh mutton and beef.

She invited me to a supper
which I quickly give consent,
But to my sad misfortune
to her master's house I went;
Supper being all over
and I not very well pleased,
One pocket she crammed with butter,
And the other she crammed with cheese;
Oh, the other she crammed with cheese.

Supper being all over
and I could eat no more,
But to my sad misfortune
the old man he knocked at the door;
Where to go and bide myself
I'm sure I did not know,
And up in the chimney
I did get as black as any crow;
Oh, black as any crow.

The fire, it came very hot,
commenced to scorch my knees,
Likewise it melted the butter
and so neatly toasted my cheese;
The old man he was standing by,
he saw something good was there,
For every drop dropped in the fire
it caused the fire to flare;
Oh, it caused the fire to flare.

Out on the street I did get
my shamed face for to show,
My butter it was all melted
and I was black as a crow;
Oh, the dogs did bark
and children alarmed,
Old women went to the door to see,
And there they stepped a-calling out,
"There goes butter and cheese;
Oh, there goes butter and cheese!"

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a mid-19th-century music hall comic song referenced by MacEdward Leach and found in Owen Fawcett's Paul Pry Songster, published by A Winch (Philadelphia) in 1869, and archived in the Owen Fawcett Theatre Collection, 1858-1903 in the Special Collections Library of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Series VI, Subseries B, shelfmark: M1628.F38 and containing all the popular songs as sung by Owen Fawcett, the favorite comedian of the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, PA ....####

This variant was collected from Alexander March [1865-1953] of Port au Port, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Another variant was collected in 1959 from Mrs Clara Sophia Stevens [1916-1978] of Bellburns, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and also published as Butter And Cheese in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 1, p.251, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

The video above features an English variant recorded by Nick Hart from his album Nick Hart Sings Eight English Folk Songs, trk#3, ©2017 Nick Hart, London, UK.


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