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Michael in Swansea Threshing songs (26) Lyr Add The Machiner's Song 21 Sep 01


It's all very well to have a machine
To thrash your wheat and barley clean
To thrash it and win' it and fit it for sale
Then go off to market so brisk and well

Chorus: Sing rumble-dum-dairy, flair up, Mary
Make your old table shine

The man who made her he made her so well
He made every wheel and cog to tell
While the big wheel runs the little one hums
And the feeder sits above the drum


AT seven o' clock we do begin
And we generally stop about nine or ten
To have our beer and oil her up
Then off we go till one o' clock


There's old father Howard the sheaves to put
While old mother Howard she does make up
And Mary she sits and feeds all day
While Johnny he carries the straw away


Then after a bite and a drink all round
The driver he climbs to his box again
And with his long whip he shouts "All right?"
And he drives them round till five at night


Recorded by Isla St Clair on "The Song and the Story" among others.

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