“The Shoemaker (III)”
"My mother sent me to the school To learn to be a stocking-knitter, But I went wrang and played the fool And married with a shoemaker." She complains of his looks, his tools, his stink, and the miserable life she leads: "Who would have a shoemaker?"
Shoemaker (III), The Partial text(s) *** A *** The Shoemakker From Stokoe/Reay, Songs and Ballads of Northern England, pp. 114-115. My mother sent me to the school To learn to be a stocking-knitter, But I went wrang and played the fool And married with a shoemakker. Shoemakker, leather cracker, With all his stinking, dirty water; I wish a thousand deaths I'd died Ere I had wed a shoemakker. (2 additional stanzas)
In a number of versions of this song, including Stokoe's, the man's occupation is "shoemakker" (double k). This appears to be an attempt to show that the "a" is pronounced short -- he "maks" shoes, rather than "makes" them. - RBW
- Stokoe/Reay, pp. 114-115, "The Shoemakker" (1 text, 1 tune)
- ST StoR114 (Partial)
- Roud #3152
- BI, StoR114