“The Lazy Club”


The singer complains about his lethargic family: "My wife is such a lazy Turk, she will not do a bit of work." "My eldest daughter's just as bad; I really think she's lazy-mad." And so on, through son, servant, even dog -- leaving him to pay their debts

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Lazy Club, The
  Partial text(s)

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From Norman Cazden, Herbert Haufrecht, Norman Studer, Folk Songs
of the Catskills, #107, pp. 399. From the singing of Marvin Yale.

My wife is such a lazy Turk,
She will not do a bit of work,
She says she isn't such a slat,
hard work will never make her fat.

  Skiddy-me-dig, ri-too-ra-lo,
  Skiddy-me-dig, ri-too-ra-lo,
  Skiddy-me-dig, ri-too-ra-lo,
  Skiddy-me-dog, ri-too-ra-lo.

But in the morning when she wakes,
Her breakfast then upstairs she takes,
She treats herself to toast and shrub,
And says she's joined a Lazy Club.

(1 additional stanza)


  1. FSCatskills 107, "The Lazy Club" (1 short traditional text plus part of a broadside version, 1 tune)
  2. ST FSC107 (Partial)
  3. BI, FSC107


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1848 (Elton's Song Book)
Keywords: work money
Found in: US(MA)