Shoemaker (III), The
DESCRIPTION: "My mother sent me to the school To learn to be a stocking-knitter, But I went wrang and played the fool And married with a shoemaker." She complains of his looks, his tools, his stink, and the miserable life she leads: "Who would have a shoemaker?"
EARLIEST DATE: 1900 (Stokoe/Reay)
KEYWORDS: work marriage warning
FOUND IN: Britain(England(North),Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Stokoe/Reay, pp. 114-115, "The Shoemakker" (1 text, 1 tune)
GreigDuncan3 479, "The Shoemaker" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
ST StoR114 (Partial)
NOTES: In a number of versions of this song, including Stokoe's, the man's occupation is "shoemakker" (double k). This appears to be an attempt to show that the "a" is pronounced short -- he "maks" shoes, rather than "makes" them. - RBW
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