My Husband's a Mason
DESCRIPTION: The singer tells how her (husband/father/boyfriend) works all day at his trade and then comes home and plies his trade upon her, e.g. "My husband's a mason... All day he lays bricks... At night he comes home and lays me."
EARLIEST DATE: 1949
KEYWORDS: work sex bawdy incest
FOUND IN: US(MA,MW,SW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Cray, pp. 55-61, "My Husband's a Mason" (6 texts, 2 tunes)
cf. "I Used to Work in Chicago" (theme)
NOTES [88 words]: In some of Cray's versions the final sexual act ("lays me/screws me/drives me/etc.") is replaced by the euphemism "drinks tea." One wonders what peculiar impulse drove anyone to sing such an explicit song and then use such a silly euphemism.
Although Cray's versions are all modern, he traces the device back to the 1707 edition of Pills to Purge Melancholy. - RBW
Why would anyone sing the euphemistic version, Bob asks? Because in the right company, it's even funnier when the listeners make the connection themselves. - PJS
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