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Joe Offer Origins: When a Chap Comes Hame/Roarin' Fire (5) Origins: When a Chap Comes Hame 12 Dec 20

I came across this when I was looking for another song. As far as I can tell, no versions of this song have been posted.


Some people say itís jolly for a single life to lead
But they only talk for talkingís sake and so I never heed.
A single life is very good it may be gay and free
But the comforts oí a married life is suited best for me.

Wií a guid rovin fire an the kettle at the boil
It mak's a chap feel happy when he's done his daily toil.
Wií a tidy smiliní wife aní a clean hearthstone
It ís awfu í awfu cosy when a chap comes hame.

Oh what could be more pleasing when a hard dayís work is done
To meet your wife wií loving smiles aní see the bairnies run.
The air seems filled wií music as you hear their voices ring
Aní the very kettle on the hob wií gladness seems to sing.

Of all the pleasures of this world the only one in life
Is when a man knows that heís got a clean and tidy wife.
His house is like a palace and he never wants to roam
For he knows a clean and tidy wife can make a happy home.


#1070 in The Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection, Volume 5, page 581

Melody transcribed upon request -

Roud Number 6301

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