MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Jemima's Goat
Mrs. Peter Mushrow NFLD 1 Tape 18 Track 10
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Newfoundland comic song

If ye listen a moment I'll sing for awhile
It's only a ditty relate to the style
And as for my singing I can't sing very fast
Tis all 'bout Jemima who lives in Port aux Basques

She's not very young and she's not very old
But then I can tell you she's terrible bold
For it's up to Lake Silk where she do like to roam
Where she gets plenty of cabbage and never goes home

It happened last summer one very dark night
She called to Jim Bruiser's before it was light
Jumped into his garden all to his surprise
And I'll tell you old Bruiser he opened his eyes

Jim Bruiser got up and downstairs he did creep
He was off in his shirttail and his eyes filled with sleep
When he looked through the window it must made him savage
Cause Jemima was coming right back on his cabbage

He says, "Now I have got you your troubles begin
For to Mr. Britten the bill I will send
For eating my cabbage and spoiling my hay
So now Mr. Britten the bill you must pay.

"The cost is $10 for you know it's not right
You should have had Jemima barred up every night
Out roaming around in the dark and the rain
But I pity Jemima if she comes back again."

Mr. Britten sat down and a letter he wrote
Saying "You knows Jemima had on a new yoke
And as for ten dollars I'm not gonna pay
For eating your cabbage and spoiling your hay."

He then took Jemima and he tied her on tight
She was there from that morning till some time that night.
When along come a policeman with his long-tail coat
He said "Look here Jimmy Bruiser you must untie that goat."

Jimmy Bruiser quite willing he set the goat free
And around James's corner she did skip with glee
He said you better run or Ill have you in jail
But Jemima only runned off and stuck off her tail

Jemima went home and this she did say
"Be good Mr. Britten and hide me away,
Cause old Jimmy Bruiser is now on my trail,
And he promised to put me in Forester's Jail."


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Sources:

History:A Newfoundland song, probably from the Port aux Basques area.

Text notes: A comic ballad about a woman who steals cabbage from Jim Bruiser's garden. He tries to confine her in various ways. (Jimmy Bruiser-- also spelled Bruisse--also features in the song, "Jimmy Bruisse's Pig" from the same area.)

Tune notes: Triple metre in abba form.

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