Old Farmer of Tetford, The

DESCRIPTION: An old farmer keeps his seven servants "on rotten tup mutton and sour small beer." He has a maggoty mutton pie made "on the sly" of "an old yowe dead a week yesterday." Servants and horses are "all skin and bone." The servants complain but work anyway.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1957 (OShaughnessy-YellowbellyBalladsPart2)
KEYWORDS: greed farming food horse sheep servant humorous hardtimes
FOUND IN: Britain(England(Lond,North))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
OShaughnessy-YellowbellyBalladsPart2 33, "The Old Farmer of Tetford" (1 text, 1 tune)
Palmer-EnglishCountrySongbook, #34, "Mutton Pie" (1 text, 1 tune)
Gardham-EastRidingSongster 17, pp. 22-23, 17, "Mutton Pie" (4 texts, 1 tune)

Roud #1408
File: OSY233

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