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The Bedmaking

  • Trad

    My father, he was a good old man
    He put me to service when I was very young
    Me missus and me, we never could agree
    Because that my master he would love me

    Missus sent me upstairs to the loft
    To make up a bed so neat and soft
    Master followed after with a gay gold ring
    Saying, Betty have this for your bedmaking

    All through the kitchen and down through the hall
    All through the parlour, among the women all
    Master followed after with a gay gold ring
    Saying, Betty have this for your bedmaking

    Missus come upstairs in a great haste
    Caught the master there with his arm round my waist
    From the top to the bottom stair she did him fling
    Saying, Mister have that for your bedmaking

    All through the kitchen and down through the hall
    All through the parlour, among the women all
    Everybody asked me wherever I had been
    And they laughed when I said, At the bedmaking

    Missus she flung me out of the door
    She called me a nasty cheeky little whore
    The weather being wet, and my clothes being thin
    How I wished I was back at the bedmaking

    Six month over and seven month past
    Pretty fair maid grew thick about the waist
    Her stays wouldn't meet or her pinafore pin
    She cried when she thought of the bedmaking

    Eight month over and nine month gone
    Pretty fair maid had a beautiful son
    She's took him to the church, she had him christened John
    And she took him back again to the dear old man

    She cursed him through the kitchen and down through the hall
    Cursed him through the parlour, among the women all
    Saying, If you won't pay me, take your little son John
    'Cause he never cost you nothing but a bedmaking

    As sung by Martin Carthy

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1976:] A variation of the "servant-girl-abused-and-discarded" theme, but altogether tougher and more indignant than most, and it was the redoubtable Mrs. Marina Russell of Upwey in Dorset who gave the tune, a version of The Cuckoo's Nest, to the Hammonds at the turn of the century. However, she did what was apparently her usual trick of not remembering too many of the words, so these were taken from other sources by Frank Purslow in "The Wanton Seed", a compilation of songs from the Hammond and Gardiner manuscripts, and slightly stretched by me. (Notes Martin Carthy, 'Crown of Horn')

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