Mary Joe's Mash (Johnny Burke)

The merry-go-round on Monday night
will start just after tea,
And we'll both be up to take a spin,
my Mary Joe and me;
Mary Joe will wear her sailor hat
while she is spinning 'round,
And we'll buy our tickets on the door
or buy them on the ground.

Oh, it's nice on a summer evening
when your hard day's work is o'er,
To watch the crowd of boys and girls
that on the parade ground pour;
And the shower of five cent pieces
all the boys and girls blow in,
For to get a seat on a pony
for the afternoon to spin.

What is the great attraction
brings us there each afternoon?
Is it Snowball at the organ
and he grinding out a tune;
Or is it the pleasure that we feel
to see them spinning 'round,
Or to hear the old time howler,
"Buy your tickets on the ground."

Or can it be to see your Da
stripped off in shirt sleeves white,
And he grinning on a pony
for to spend a happy night;
And his arms around a donkey's neck
while waiting for the band,
And Mary Joe delighted
to see Father do the Grand.

Hide your loose change in the corner
if you feel inclined to go,
For tonight they are intended
to open this grand show;
And if you have a ten cent piece
I'll meet you after tea,
You can pay one five to have a spin
and with the other pay for me.

####.... Johnny Burke [1851-1930] of St John's, NL ....####
Published in Burke's Ballads, p.28, 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:
Mash also marsh, marish, mesh, mish - bog or marshland, frequently a specific named area of wet ground; expanse of land producing grass, often suitable for grazing: bog meadow; stretch of wasteland supporting low shrubs, wild berries, mosses and game.


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