Dick The Joiner (Kenny Family)

In Dublin city there lived a lad,
a joiner by his token,
He courted of some bouncing lass,
like many in his nation;
He courted her both day and night,
thinking for to entice her,
But the answer that she gave to him,
"To marry you, not I, sir!"

Now, cunning Dick contrived a trick,
it was a rogue's invention,
For to dress himself in women's clothes
to try his love's intention;
His gown was large, made of good serge,
his petticoat was yellow,
And such a bouncing girl was Dick,
in Belfast had no fellow.

Now, Dick went to his true love's house,
inquiring for the master,
When Nell she made him this reply,
"Oh, we hadn't one since Easter!"
"I think you are some Townseer girl,
hard labour won't destroy you,
If you can cook roast bacon boiled,
Oh, my Nana will employ you."

Now, Dick he hired in a crack
for twenty guineas yearly,
What he took in hands he done it well,
and his mistress loved him dearly;
That day was spent, to bed they went,
Dick modestly lay by her,
She says, "My roving country girl,
will you draw a little nigher."

She told him of her sweethearts all,
and of them she had many,
She told him of a joiner lad
that she loved the best of any;
She fell asleep, Dick soft did creep
to his beloved Nellie,
He gave her a kiss and something else
that I'm half ashamed to tell you.

Now when she woke out of her sleep,
she roared like one was murdered,
Oh, young man, she said, you proved to me,
and I think you're Dick the Joiner;
Go 'long, go 'long, you silly girl,
I'm sure you must be raving,
Such silly thoughts run in your mind,
or my mistress you'll awaken.

Now Dick, he rose, put on his clothes,
leaving poor Nell to mourn,
The truth I'll tell, she loved him well,
and she longed for his return;
So girls, be true to the lad you love,
and be a little kinder,
Afraid you might be taken in
by a lad like Dick the Joiner.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an Irish traditional ....####

This variant sung by the Kenny Family of Kitchuses, NL.


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