“The Shoemaker (I)”


"Make my Kate a pair of shoes, Make 'em out of the best of leather, I'll peg 'em well and stitch 'em tight (or: "Draw 'em around the firey side") And then they'll last forever." The singer seeks, by the making of shoes, to bind Kate to him (?)


This may be a byblow of "The Shoemaker's Kiss"; there are common elements. But if so, the degree of sanitizing is so extreme that they can be counted as separate songs. - RBW

The entry in SharpAp is fragmentary and almost devoid of plot, but it mentions Kate, so I put it here. - PJS

Cross references


  1. Randolph 566, "The Shoemaker" (1 text plus a fragment, 1 tune)
  2. JHCox 171, "The Cobbler's Boy" (1 text)
  3. SHenry H551, p. 40, "The Cobbler" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. SharpAp 100, "The Shoemaker" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
  5. DT, COBBLR*
  6. Roud #837
  7. BI, R566


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1917 (Cox)
Keywords: work courting clothes
Found in: US(Ap,SE,So) Ireland