“Sal's Got a Meatskin”


"Sal's got a meatskin hid away/gonna get a meatskin someday"; "Sal a-sailing on the sea/Sal got a meatskin a-waiting for me"; more verses along that line.


A "meatskin" is fat pork, used to grease a pan and as an anti-inflammatory folk medicine. In this song, however, it refers to a maidenhead. - PJS

Cross references


  • Arthur "Brother-in-Law" Armstrong, "Johnny Got a Meat Skin Laid Away" (AFS 3979 A2, 1940)
  • Cliff & Bill Carlisle, "Sal Got a Meatskin" (Panacord 25639, 1930s, on TimesAint03)
  • Cliff Carlisle, "Sal Got a Meat Skin" (Vocalion 02740, 1934, probably a different recording from that by Cliff & Bill Carlisle)
  • New Lost City Ramblers, "Sal Got a Meatskin" (on NLCR03, NLCR11, NLCRCD1)


  1. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, p. 63, "Sal's Got a Meatskin" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Silber-FSWB, p. 156, "Sal Got A Meatskin" (1 text)
  3. Roud #4201
  4. BI, CSW063


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1930s (recording, Carlisle Bros.)
Found in: US(SE)