MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Peter Street
Jacob Noseworthy NFLD 1 Tape 4A Track 3
Pouch Cove Audio:
Ballad / lover tricked

You landsmen and you seamen bold come listen to my song
I'll tell you of a trick was played on me before 'tis long
I came from sea the other day at-

(speaks) No.

You landsmen and you seamen bold come listen to my song
I'll tell you of a trick was played on me before 'tis long
I came from sea the other-
This last six weeks I've been to sea I have saved fifty pounds
And my parents they are expecting me tonight in Whigham town

I came from sea the other day a fair one did I meet
And she kindly asked me to a dance 'twas up in Peter Street
I said, ''My handsome fair one I cannot dance well
And I … bound for Whigham town where all my friends do dwell."

"If you cannot dance well," said she, "sure you can have a treat
You can take a glass of brandy … or something for to eat
And if you'll consent at ten o'clock I'll meet you at the train
Or if you choose you can give a call when you come to town again."

When I found her so friendly sure I called for a car
To take us to the ballroom the distance was not far
The ladies on the other side those words I heard 'em say
My poor old chap you'll lose your cap if you do go that way

When we reached to the ballroom the liquor was poured in
The liquor was passed around the room and the dancing then began
Me and my love danced around the room danced to a merry tune
And she said my dear we'll soon repair to a chamber all alone

When the dancing was all over straightway we did go
But little did I ever think she would prove my overthrow
My watch and clothes and fifty pounds my damsel with it fled
And she left me here poor Jack-alone stripped naked on the bed

When I came to my senses there was nothing could I spy
But a woman's shirt and an apron upon the bed did lie
Wringing my hands I tore my hair and cried what shall I do
Oh fair thee well sweet Whigham town I'll never more see you

When everything was silent at the hour of twelve o'clock
I put on that shirt and apron and started for the dock
When the sailors saw me coming those words I heard 'em say
My poor old chap you've lost your cap since you have gone that way

Is that the new spring fashion Jack, the ladies wear on shore?
Where are the shops they're selling in or are there any more?
Oh Jack, I heard our captain say, he thoughts you for Whigham bound
Sure Jack I'd buy a better suit than that for fifty pounds

Sure I could buy a better suit if I had got the chance
But I met a girl on Peter Street and she asked me to a dance
I danced to my destruction I got stripped from head to feet
And I'll take my oath I'll go no more to a dance in Peter Street

You landsmen and you seamen bold a warning take by me
Be sure you choose good company when you go on a spree
Don't go to a dance in Peter Street or you will rue the day
With a woman's shirt and an apron they'll fit you out for sea


Notes

Sources: Also called "The Shirt and the Apron"   (Laws K42); Roud 1902;

History:

Text notes: A sailor on leave spends a night with a girl and wakes to find he is robbed and left with nothing but a woman's clothing to wear.

Tune notes: Melody is based on a major scale but without the seventh degree; in 4/4 metre.

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