A Country life for Me

 
Performed by:
Jack Howlett
Recorded in:
Middleton-on-the-Wolds
Recorded on:
01/04/1969
Recorded by:
Steve Gardham
Genre:
Agriculture
Keywords:
Food,
Farm animals,
Sex
 

Archival information

TYG:
28
Key:
A
Time Signature:
6/8
Roud id:
1409
Laws id:
Master title:
A Country Life for Me
Places Cited:
Yorkshire

Lyrics

1
Here I am as you may see, Ah'm Yorkshire ti backbone,
Ah rise each day sae blithe and gay at half-past-five in morn.
Ah feeds the pigs and milks the coos as happy as can be,
Then off Ah gans ti ploo, me lads, and me heart's sae gay and free.

Chorus
Then a country life for me, me lads, an' a country life for me,
Ah'm workin' away in the fields all day an' a country life for me.

2
Some folks they laugh and jeer at us to see us eat fat bacon,
They would not taste oor Sunda' treat but that's where they're mistaken.
Oor pies an' puddin's smeeakin' 'ot, we eats 'em at oor ease,
Then gi' me a pint of 'ome-brewed yal an' a lump o' bread an' cheese.

3
At Marti'mas time we 'es sike fun among the servant gels,
We treats 'em all to monkeys-up-sticks an' we buys 'em fal-the-rals.*
Ah think Ah've bin with all the gels, there's one Ah love the best,
An' for a wife Ah should prefer this gel to all the rest.

4
There’s some will call me Johnny Bruggs when into town Ah come,
But when the’ start playin' up games Ah'm as wise as them bi gums,
An' if the' try it on wi' me an' think they've getten a mug,
When Ah thinks the' get ower far Ah gi's 'em a thump i't' lug.

* 'Monkeys-up-sticks' are brightly painted children’s toys made by travellers who hawked their wares at fairs. They consist of two sticks between which a simple marionette monkey is attached by string, such that when the sticks are pressed together the monkey is caused to girate and swing its limbs.

* 'Falderals' were simply fancy trinkets sold at fairs.