“Ta Clerk in ta Offish”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1901 (Ford)
Keywords: worker humorous nonballad
Found in: Britain(Scotland)

Description

"Noo Rosie se'll be prood, and Rosie she'll be praw.. For ta praw, praw lad's come an' tookit her awa'; She's a praw lad, a clerk in an offish." The clerk's education, mathematical ability, and lack of ancestry are emphasized

Notes

Obviously a composed song, and a strange one at that -- the dialect appears to be Scots done with a "Dutch" (stage German) accent. - RBW

References

  1. Ford-Vagabond, pp. 283-284, "Ta Clerk in ta Offish" (1 text)
  2. Roud #13099
  3. BI, FVS283