Gossip John

 
Performed by:
Will Noble and John Cocking
Recorded in:
York
Recorded on:
15/09/2007
Recorded by:
Oliver Knight
Genre:
Humour
Keywords:
Farm animals,
Clothing,
Dialect
 

Archival information

TYG:
54
Key:
Ab
Time Signature:
2/2
Roud id:
1039
Laws id:
Master title:
Gossip Joan
Places Cited:

Lyrics

1
Good mornin’, Gossip John, weer ’as tha been so earlye? (…lye to rhyme with eye)
Good mornin’, Gossip John, weer ’as tha been so earlye,
So earlye in the (John—morn-in’, morn-in’, morn-in’, morn-in’,) mornin’,
(Will— mo-  a-mo-  a-mo-  a-mo-  a,)
So earlye in the mornin’, Gossip John?
So earlye in the (John—morn-in’, morn-in’, morn-in’, morn-in’,) mornin’,
(Will— mo-  a-mo-  a-  mo-a-  mo-a,)
So earlye in the mornin’, Gossip John?

2
Me petticoit Ah’ve lost, (Will—Ah’ve lost) Ah’ve left it at me granny’s
Me petticoit Ah’ve lost, (Will—Ah’ve lost) Ah’ve left it at me granny’s
But Ah’ll fotch it back i’t’ (John--morn, i’t’ morn, i’t’ morn, i’t’ morn, i’t’) mornin’,
(Will—mo-a- mo- a- mo- a-  mo- a,)
Ah’ll fotch it back i’t’ mornin’, Gossip John.
And Ah’ll fotch it back i’t’ (John--morn, i’t’ morn, i’t’ morn, i’t’ morn, i’t’) mornin’,
(Will—mo-a- mo-a-  mo- a- mo- a,)
Ah’ll fotch it back i’t’ mornin’, Gossip John.

3
Ya brindle cow ’as cawved, (John—shu’s cawved) reight under t’ parlour winnder,  shu’s=she’s
(John adds a convincing cow low)
Ya brindle cow ’as cawved, (John—shu’s cawved) reight under t’ parlour winnder,
And its cawf it will not (John--su-, su-, su-, su-,  ) suck.
(Will— a-  a-a-  a-)
Tha’ll ’a to give it finger, Gossip John.
And its cawf it will not (John--su-, su-, su-, su-,  ) suck.
(Will—a-  a-  a-a-  a-)
Tha’ll ’a to give it finger, Gossip John.

4
Ya duck ’as swallowed a snail, (John—Quack, quack) now isn’t that a wonder?
Ya duck ’as swallowed a snail, (John—Quack, quack) now isn’t that a wonder?
And it all came aht of it’ tail, it’ tail, it’ tail, it’ tail, it’ tail,
And split its arse asunder, Gossip John.
And it all came aht of it’ tail, it’ tail, it’ tail, it’ tail, it’ tail,
And split its arse asunder, Gossip John.

5
Oh, Kate, Ah’ve seen thi (John gives three sharp whistle blasts). Thou ’a’n’t, yer lyin’ owd rascal!
Oh, Kate, Ah’ve seen thi ( Three whistles again). Thou ’a’n’t, yer lyin’ owd rascal!
Tha’s nobbut seen me (Will—a-u, a-u, a-u, a-u,) arm’oil,  (=armhole=anus)
(John—aa continuous)
Tha’s nobbut seen me arm’oil, Gossip John.
And tha’s nobbut seen me (Will—a-u, a-u, a-u, a-u,) arm’oil.
(John as above)
Tha’s nobbut seen me arm’oil, Gossip John.

6
There’s a lot more verses to this song but we aren’t (Will—bahn to sing ’em,)
(John spoken—They aren’t fit to year) =hear
There’s a lot more verses to this song but we aren’t bahn to sing ’em,
So we’ll bid you all good- (John—night, udnight, udnight, udnight, good-)night,
(Will— na-u- na- u- na- u- na u-) *
We’ll bid you all goodnight, goodnight, goodnight.
So we’ll bid you all good- (John—night, udnight, udnight, udnight, good-)night,
(Will— na- u- na- u- na- u- na-u-)
We’ll bid you all goodnight, goodnight, goodnight.

*The effect is that the listener keeps hearing the word ‘Knighthood’.
The song is performed in unison throughout except where indicated.
Well, I think John and Will should be knighted, or is that ‘beknighted’?
The single syllables in the repeats are sung in a very clipped staccato fashion.

Recorded by Oliver Knight at the Yorkshire Garland Launch Day evening concert, 15th September 2007

Archival information

TYG:
54
Key:
Ab
Time Signature:
2/2
Roud id:
1039
Laws id:
Master title:
Gossip Joan
Places Cited: