“The Wee Cup of Tay”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1965 (Ives-DullCare)
Keywords: shrewishness drink humorous husband wife accusation
Found in: Canada(Mar)


"As Jack from the market came the other day, His wife she sat drinking her wee cup of tay." Jack complains "I must work hard, not a shirt to my back" while she has finery and her tea. She attacks "what money you spend in whisky and beer." They argue.

Cross references



  1. Ives-DullCare, pp. 167-169, 256, "The Wee Cup of Tay" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #13985
  3. BI, IvDC167