Uppermost Tub, The
DESCRIPTION: The singer "scarce could get any fun" goes to Leeds Fair, "bound for a spree." On the way he enters a church for the first time. He doesn't understand what is going on. At the end he offers to pay for the entertainment but is told there is no cost.
EARLIEST DATE: 1907 (GreigDuncan3)
KEYWORDS: humorous nonballad religious
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan3 686, "The Uppermost Tub" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [88 words]: Unfortunately, I would be in the same position as the singer in that I don't understand what he is seeing either. There are two "lads": one, in an "uppermost tub" seems in charge of the service. The other, in a "lowermost tub," "mocked every word that the lad in the uppermost tub said." When "the lad in the uppermost tub says, Come let us sing, ... the lad in the lowermost tub made a' the hoose to sing." - BS
I would guess it's minister in the upper tub and the precentor in the lower, but beyond that I can say little. - RBW
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