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Matthew Edwards Lyr Req: Housewives Shanty (10) Lyr Add: Housework Shanty by Pat Wilson 05 Aug 20


Jane Kearley has kindly sent me the words to the Housework Shanty that she and Helen Armstrong (formerly Helen McCall) sing:-

1. Itís forty years Iíve been like this, cleaning, sweeping.
Itís forty years Iíve been like this, dust, dust away.
Itís forty years Iíve been like this,
Iíve been a Mrs longer than a Miss.
And weíre all bound for Tescoís in the morning.

2. I met a lad from Liverpool way, cleaning, sweeping.
I met a lad from Liverpool way, dust, dust away.
I met a lad from Liverpool way,
He gave me a kiss and he made me pay.
And weíre all bound for Tescoís in the morning.

3. We worked and slaved till we got the cash, cleaning, sweeping
I worked and slaved till we got the cash, dust, dust away,
I worked and slaved till we got the cash,
And bought a semi in Knotty Ash.
And weíre all bound for Tescoís in the morning.

4. Well much too soon I had children two, cleaning, sweeping,
Well much too soon I had children two, dust, dust, away,
Well much too soon I had children two,
A scurvy, spotty idle crew.
And weíre all bound for Tescoís in the morning.

5. Then one fine day I got a part-time job, cleaning, sweeping,
Then one fine day I got a part-time job, dust, dust, away,
Then one fine day I got a part-time job,
Bought a cooker and a Hoover and ceramic hob.
And weíre all bound for Tescoís in the morning.

6. Before I die one thing I crave, cleaning, sweeping,
Before I die one thing I crave, dust, dust, away,
Before I die one thing I crave,
To round Cape Horn on my microwave.
And weíre all bound for Tescoís in the morning.

7. The work is hard and the hours are long, cleaning sweeping,
The work is hard and the hours are long, dust, dust, away.
The work is hard and the hours are long,
And I havenít any time to finish this song. (END HERE!)

The song was written by Pat Wilson of the Merseyside group Ranting Sleazos, and it was included on their LP 'Never Lost for Words'. There is another Mudcat thread about the Sleazos here: Ranting Sleazos. They were residents at the Magazine folk club in New Brighton on the banks of the Mersey across from Liverpool. Pat died in 2007 but her two children, the "spotty, scurvy, idle crew" in the song are still around.
Pat also wrote Funeral Rights (When I Am Gone) which is here on Mudcat mistakenly credited to Gill Burns Funeral Rights (When I am Gone) by Pat Wilson.

NB Thanks Trish for pointing me at the Mudcat Zoom sing; I enjoyed joining in on Monday night, although I didn't last the course for the full night!


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