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Alan of Australia Penguin: The Red Herring (3) Penguin: The Red Herring ^^ 01 Jul 00


G'day,
From the Penguin Book Of English Folk Songs, Ed Pellow's rendition of the tune of The Red Herring can be found here.

THE RED HERRING

What have I done with my old herring's head?
I'll make as good oven as ever baked bread.
Ovens and baking and everything.
Do you think I've done well with my jolly herring?

2nd Voice: Why didn't you tell me so?
1st Voice: So I did, long ago.
(Spoken) 2nd Voice: Thou lie!
(Spoken) 1st Voice: Thou lie!
Well, well, everything.
Do you think I've done well with my jolly herring?

What have I made with my old herring's eyes?
Forty jackdaws and fifty magpies,
Linnets and larks and everything.
Do you think I've done well with my jolly herring?

What have I made of my old herring's ribs?
Blooming great tower and a blooming great bridge.
Bridges, towers, and everything.
Do you think I've done well with my jolly herring?

What have I made of my old herring's guts?
Forty bright women and fifty bright sluts,
Wantons and sluts and everything.
Do you think I've done well with my jolly herring?

What have I made of my old herring's navel?
As good a wheelbarrow as ever drawed gravel,
Wheelbarrow, shovel, and everything.
Do you think I've done well with my jolly herring?

'What have I made of my old herring's tail?
I'll make as good ship as ever set sail,
Sailcloth, rigging, and everything.
Do you think I've done well with my jolly herring?

Sung by Mr Trump, North Petherton, Somerset (C.3.S. 1906)

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Previous song: Ratcliffe Highway.
Next song: Robin Hood And The Pedlar.


Cheers,
Alan ^^


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