“Pork in the Cupboard”


"Oh there's pork in the cupboard, there's beef on the shelf If no one don't eat it I'll eat it myself." The rest is all "chin music."


Most of Peacock's version is "chin music". Specifically, a text verse is "La da diddle la diddle la diddle dum da...." Peacock explains, "'Chin' or 'mouth' music is a vocal imitation of instrumental music and is used for dancing when a fiddle or accordion is not handy. Some singers ... become so proficient that they are often called upon even when instruments are available."

Newfoundland "chin music" is like, and serves the same purpose, as Irish "lilting" and Traveller "tuning." See, for example, Hall, notes to Voice11. - BS

This is evidently a local version of "Bridle and Saddle" or one of its equivalents. Ideally, we'd have a mechanism for tracking these floating elements. But we don't, and this version is localized enough to get its own entry. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Peacock, p. 91, "Pork in the Cupboard" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #9956
  3. BI, Pea091


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1960 (Peacock)
Found in: Canada(Newf)