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Thread #33059   Message #4037796
Posted By: Joe Offer
05-Mar-20 - 10:37 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Take Her Out of Pity/Old Maid's Song
Subject: ADD Version: The Old Maid's Song
The Peggy Seeger version is called "The Old Maid's Song." The YouTube video of the Smithsonian Folkways recording is here:

Album notes are here:

And here are Peggy Seeger's lyrics:

THE OLD MAID'S SONG

CHORUS
Come a landsman, a pinsman, a tinker or a tailor,
Fiddler, or a dancer, ploughboy, or a sailor,
Gentleman, a poor man, a fool or a witty
Don't you let me die an old maid but take me out of pity.

Oh, I had a sister Sally, was younger than I am
She had so many sweethearts, she had to deny them;
As for my own part I never had many
If you all knew my heart, I'd be thankful for any.

CHORUS

Oh, I had a sister Susan, was ugly and misshapen,
Before she was sixteen years old she was taken,
Before she was eighteen, a son and a daughter
Here am I six and forty and nary an offer.

CHORUS

Oh I never will be scolding, I never will be jealous,
My husband shall have money to go to the alehouse,
While he's there a-spending, well I'll be at home a-saving,
And I'll leave it to the world if I am worth having.

CHORUS


Notes: THE OLD MAID'S SONG· - The old maid tells of the success of her sisters, gives her own age as "six and forty", and makes unheard-of concessions to the man who will marry her and take her "out of pity".