“In Duckworth Street There Lived a Dame”


The singer courts an ugly woman on Duckworth Street. One night "I found her faithless she Fryin' sausages fer he." When he tells her "we must part ... With a fryin' pan she broke my head."


If "sometimes a cigar is just a cigar" maybe there is no double entendre here about frying sausages. On the contrary, this seems a song in which the writer let the metaphor get away. Peacock points out that Duckworth Street is one of the main commercial streets in St John's. - BS

Cross references


  1. Peacock, p. 287, "In Duckworth Street There Lived a Dame" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #9969
  3. BI, Pea287


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1951 (Peacock)
Found in: Canada(Newf)