“The Farm Servant (Rap-Tap-Tap)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1905 (Gardiner manuscript)
Keywords: farming wife adultery marriage infidelity sex bawdy humorous servant
Found in: Britain(England(Lond,South))

Description

The farm servant, is told to mind the business "as servants always do." He minds the business of his master's wife, who says he manages his equipment far better than the master. The master rewards the servant for minding the business so well

Long description

The singer, a farm servant, is told by his master to mind the business "as servants always do." He does, including the business of his master's wife, who says the servant manages his equipment far better than the master. When the master returns, he rewards the servant for minding the business so well; the servant remarks that had the master known what he was up to, he would not have been rewarded

Notes

Lloyd notes that this song had not shown up in print as of the date of recording. - PJS

This was more a matter of suppression than rarity, however; Kennedy noted versions found in the Gardiner MS from 1905 and the Hammond MS in 1906. - RBW

Cross references

Recordings

References

  1. Kennedy 211, "Rap-tap-tap" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. DT, RAPTPTAP*
  3. Roud #792
  4. BI, DTraptap