“The Jolly Tinker (III)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (recorded from Billy Dickeson)
Keywords: sex work bawdy tinker
Found in: Britain(England(South),Scotland),Ireland(South)

Description

A London lady tells a tinker she has kettles to mend. He asks if there are holes that need blocking; they fall to work. She bangs a pan "to let the servants know that he was hard at work." Refrain: "And I'll be bound she had (he could, they did, etc.)"

Long description

A London lady, desiring the company of a tinker, writes and tells him she has kettles to mend. He comes, asking if there are any rusty holes that need blocking; she leads him to the bedroom and they fall to work on the feather-bed. She picks up a pan and he bangs it "to let the servants know that he was hard at work"; she pays him, saying they'll have another round. Refrain: "And I'll be bound she had (he could, they did, etc.)"

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References

  1. Kennedy 177, "The Jolly Tinker" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. DT, JOLLTNK4* JOLLTNK3
  3. Roud #863
  4. BI, K177