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"Old Maid in a Garret"

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"Old Maid in a Garret" - Background and History:

"Old Maid in a Garret" is a popular and humorous (though politically incorrect, of course) traditional Irish folk song. Like many traditional folk songs, the original author is not known, but some sources say that the song is a derivative of an English ballad written by Martin Parker, an English pub-owner and balladeer who lived in the early 1600s. At any rate, it's a funny song with a rousing chorus, thus making it popular for pub sing-alongs... usually by men, for an extra touch of irony.

"Old Maid in a Garret" - Lyrics:

I have often heard it said from my father and my mother
That going to a wedding was the making of another
Well if this be so, then I'll go on without a bidding
Oh it's kind providence won't you send me to a wedding.
For it's oh dear me, how will it be
If I die an old maid in a garret.

Oh now there's my sister Jean, she's not handsome or good lookin'
Scarcely sixteen and a fella she was courtin'
Now she's twenty four with a son and a daughter
Here I am, forty five, and I've never had an offer.
For it's oh dear me, how will it be
If I die an old maid in a garret.

I can cook and I can sew, I can can keep the house quite tidy
Rise up in the morning and get the breakfast ready
But there's nothing in this wide world t'would make me half so cheery
As a wee fat manny who would call me his own dearie.
For it's oh dear me, how will it be
If I die an old maid in a garret.

Oh come landsman or come kinsman, come tinker or come tailor
Come fiddler or come dancer, come ploughman or come sailor
Come rich man or come poor man, come fool or come witty
Come any man at all who would marry me for pity.
For it's oh dear me, how will it be
If I die an old maid in a garret.

Oh well, I'm away home for there's nobody heedin'
There's nobody heedin' to poor Annie's pleadin'
And I'm away home to me own wee bit garret
If I can't get a man, then I'll surely get a parrot.
For it's oh dear me, how will it be
If I die an old maid in a garret.

Listen to Samples or Purchase Full Versions:

The Shamrock Singers - "Old Maid in a Garret"
The Merry Wives of Windsor - "Old Maid in the Garret"
Brier - "Old Maid in a Garret/O'Riley's Daughter/The Mermaid" Set
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