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Dublin Jack Of All Trades

  • (Words trad / tune English air)

    I'm a roving Jack of many a trade
    Of every trade, of all trades
    And if you wish to know my name
    They call me Jack of all trades

    I am a roving sporting blade, they call me Jack of all trades
    I always found my chief delight in courting pretty fair maids
    For when in Dublin I arrived to try for a situation
    I always heard them say it was the pride of all the nation

    In Baggot Street I drove a cab and there was well required
    In Francis Street had lodging beds to entertain all strangers
    For Dublin is of high renown, or I am much mistaken
    In Kevin Street I do declare sold butter eggs and bacon

    On George's Quay I first began, I there became a porter
    Me and my master soon fell out which cut my 'quaintance shorter
    In Sackville Street a pastry cook, in James' Street a baker
    In Cook Street I did coffins make, in Eustace Street a preacher

    In Golden Lane I sold old shoes, in Meath Street was a grinder
    In Barrack Street I lost my wife, and I'm glad I ne'er could find her
    In Mary's Lane I've dyed old clothes of which I've often boasted
    In that noted place Exchequer Street sold mutton ready roasted

    In Temple Bar I dressed old hats, in Thomas Street a sawyer
    In Pill Lane I sold the plate, in Green Street an honest lawyer
    In Plunkett Street I sold cast clothes, in Bride's Alley a broker
    In Charles Street I had a shop, sold shovel, thongs and poker

    In Liffey Street had furniture, with fleas and bugs I sold it
    And at the bank, a big placard, I often stood to hold it
    In New Street I sold hay and straw and in Spitalfields made bacon
    In Fishamble Street was at the grand old trade of basketmaking

    In Summerhill a coachmaker, in Denzille Street a gilder
    In Cork Street was a tanner and in Brunswick Street a builder
    In High Street I sold hosiery, in Patrick Street sold all blades
    So if you wish to know my name, they call me Jack of all trades

    As sung by The Johnstons

    Not used:
    In College Green a banker was and in Smithfield a drover
    In Britain Street a waiter and in George's Street a glover
    On Ormond Quay I sold old books, in King's Street a nailer
    In Townsend Street a carpenter and in Ringsend a sailor

    In Cole's Lane a jobbing butcher, in Dame Street a tailor
    In Moore Street a chandler and on the Coombe a weaver
    In Church Street I sold old ropes, on Redmond's Hill a draper
    In Mary Street sold 'bacco pipes, in Bishop Street a Quaker

    In Peter Street I was a quack, in Greek Street a grainer
    On the harbour I did carry sacks, in Werburgh Street a glazier
    In Mud Island was a dairy boy where I became a scooper
    In Capel Street a barber's clerk, in Abbey Street a cooper

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1974:] Like many other fine Irish songs [...] this is to an English air, first published in Elizabethan times. [...] Colm O'Lochlainn says these words were popular among Dublin ballad singers in 1912. (Dallas, Toil 26)

  • [1974:] Other versions of the ballad feature Liverpool and Birmingham, known as 'the city of the thousand trades' [...]. (Palmer, Touch 212)

  • [1979:] From a 19th century broadsheet, also in Joyce's 'Ancient Irish Music', 1873, as The Roving Jack of All Trades. Like in most capital cities practitioners of a trade often were to be found within the same area, a tradition that only recently has fallen into decay. (Loesberg III, 76)

  • [1988:] At one time each town had its dominant trade, and songwriters were well aware of it. The English Rover (1800-2), for example, provides a catalogue of towns, trades and sexual adventures. [...] In other ballads, usually entitled Jack of All Trades, the emphasis shifts from different towns to trades within a particular town - Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Dublin and others, no doubt. The theme of wandering is retained in first lines like "I am a jolly roving blade", and the verbal dexterity of the verses seems to have made them very popular. Dublin Jack of All Trades remained in oral circulation until the 20th century. (Palmer, History 68f)

  • [1995:] The name Jack was commonly used of a knave or a rogue. (Clarke, Rise 3)

  • See also
    Jack of All Trades (for versions from other cities)

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