“My Husband's a Mason”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1949
Keywords: work sex bawdy incest
Found in: US(MA,MW,SW)

Description

The singer tells how her (husband/father/boyfriend) works all day at his trade and then comes home and plies his trade upon her, e.g. "My husband's a mason... All day he lays bricks... At night he comes home and lays me."

Notes

In some of Cray's versions the final sexual act ("lays me/screws me/drives me/etc.") is replaced by the euphemism "drinks tea." One wonders what peculiar impulse drove anyone to sing such an explicit song and then use such a silly euphemism.

Although Cray's versions are all modern, he traces the device back to the 1707 edition of _Pills to Purge Melancholy_. - RBW

Why would anyone sing the euphemistic version, Bob asks? Because in the right company, it's even funnier when the listeners make the connection themselves. - PJS

Cross references

References

  1. Cray, pp. 55-61, "My Husband's a Mason" (6 texts, 2 tunes)
  2. BI, EM055