Turfman from Ardee, The

DESCRIPTION: Singer meets a turfman on the road. The turfman says his ass is tired; he'd like to sell his load. The singer says cart and ass look old and abused; the turfman says he has abused the ass, but it has never been without shoes, nor his axle without grease
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1945 (learned by Margaret Barry)
KEYWORDS: age disability sex accusation travel bawdy humorous animal worker political
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (1 citation):
OLochlainn-MoreIrishStreetBallads 23, "The Turfman from Ardee" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #5187
Margaret Barry & Michael Gorman, "The Turfman from Ardee" (on Barry-Gorman1)
David Harper, "The Turfman from Ardee" (on TradIre02)

cf. "Save Your Money When You're Young" (tune)
NOTES [58 words]: "Sex"? "Bawdy"? Well, certainly double-entendre on Margaret Barry's part. She notes that she learned it from an 80-year-old man named Tynan in 1945; he, in turn, had learned it from the McNulty Family of Donegal, who put it on a 78. As we have no date earlier than 1945, though, I'm putting that down as earliest -- but I'd love to find that 78. - PJS
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