Are You Coming Mrs Doolin (Johnny Burke)

Don't stop me, Mrs Doolin,
and don't you call me back,
I am going down to see the sports
down near the railway track;
For when fun is on, I'm in it,
I'm as lively as a boy,
Oh! Don't stop me, Mrs Doolin,
for my heart is filled with joy.

Don't you stop me, Mrs Doolin,
for I have not time to wait,
I have a sixpence in my fist
for paying on the gate;
For the school boys will assemble,
and at running they are smart,
So go home, Johanna Doolin,
for I want to see the start.

Can't you come down, Mrs Doolin,
in your arms bring little Mike,
And watch the sweet young ladies
and they riding on the bike;
And you'll see how they can do it,
for your eyes with joy will beam,
And you cannot be persuaded
but the thing is run by steam.

I must go, says Mrs Doolin,
if I have to sell the lamp,
For I'd heel it twice to Collier's
in my stocking vamps I'd tramp;
For I'm real fond of diversion,
it's amusement that I like,
And please goodness on next summer
you will see me on a bike.

Mrs Doyle and Mrs Doolin
put the dinner things aside,
Then put on their terra-cottas
for to see the young men ride;
And they came home quite delighted,
twice as nimble on the heels,
And they held their sides from laughing
at the females on the wheels.

####.... Johnny Burke [1851-1930] of St John's, NL ....####
Published in Burke's Ballads, pp.26-27, c.1960, compiled by John White and archived at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Libraries, Centre For Newfoundland Studies - Digitized Books collection.

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From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Vamp - short, thick woolen oversock, worn in boots to prevent chafing or around the house as a slipper.

Terra-Cotta - for lack of a definition, GEST presumes this is a local nickname for an outdoor work bonnet steeped in an infusion of spruce bark to protect and preserve it and tan it brownish-orange, very much like the process used on fishing sails and nets called barking.


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