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GUEST,Richard Origins: Buttercup Joe - how old is this song? (29) RE: Origins: Buttercup Joe - how old is this song? 30 Dec 18

I have just come across a version in AG Streetís Farmerís Glory that he wrote down in early 1930s. It was dictated by the dairyman whom Street had heard singing this at Harvest Suppers prior to the First World War:

O, Iím a breastin sort ov a chap
Me father comes from Shareham
Me mother got some more like I
She well knows Ďow to rear Ďem
O, some the call me bacon vace
Aní others turmut Ďead
But Iím as clever as other volk
Although Iím country bred.

I can drive a plough
Or milk a cow
O, I can reap or sow
Iím as fresh as the daisies in the fields
And the calls I Buttercup Joe.

You Ďeavy swells mid laugh and chat
To see us eat vat bacon
But you canít take our country beer
And thatís where youíre mistaken
A drop oí moey and shannon too
You drink it at your ease
But give me an Ďomebrewed glass
With crust ov bread and cheese.

O ainít it prime in summer time
When we go out haymakiní
The lads and lasses with us chaps
Freedom will be taken
And donít they jiggle and make us laugh
Ov Course in harmless play
They likes to get us country chaps
To roll Ďem in the hay.

O, do you know my young ooman
They calls her our Mary
She works as busy as a bee
In Farmer Johnsonís dairy
And ainít her suety dumplins nice
My gosh I mean to try
And ask her if sheíd like to wed
A rusty chap like I.

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