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Cuilionn does anyone know a wife-selling song? (48) RE: does anyone know a wife-selling song? 04 Dec 10


There's also the old song, "I went to market" (The Watersons have a version, among others) which has several verses for various farm animals, for example,
"I went to market to buy a duck and the duck did very well please me/ And every time I fed me duck I fed it all under a tree/ and the duck said 'quack...'"

The last verse, after a long recitation of all the other critters' noises, goes like this:
"I went to market to buy a wife and me wife did very well please me/ and every time I fed me wife, I fed her all under a tree/ and me wife said, 'DAMMIT!'"

It's such a fun song to sing, and the image of that annoyed wife, surrounded by noisy livestock and swearing, gets a laugh from men and women alike at song's end.


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