MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Butter and Cheese
Alexander March NFLD 1 Tape 17 Track 6
Port au Port Audio:
Music hall / Comic

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!" (laughs)


Notes

Sources: Mercer 105; Greenleaf 216; Peacock 251; alternative title is "The Greasy Cook"; Roud 510.

History: A mid-9 th-century music hall tune. See Owen Fawcett's Paul Pry Songster (Philadelphia 1869).

Text notes: A comic song. The singer visits the cook (presumably they are lovers). The Master of the house enters and the singer hides in the chimney where he is set on fire by the melting butter and cheese. He flees to the jeers of observers.

Tune notes: A 6/8 tune in a major key.

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