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A Stitch In Thime

  • (Mike Waterson / Martin Carthy)

    Oh there was a woman and she lived on her own
    She slaved on her own and she skivvied on her own
    She'd two little girls and two little boys
    And she lived all alone with her husband

    For her husband he was a hunk of a man
    A chunk of a man and a drunk of a man
    He was a hunk of a drunk and skunk of a man
    Such a boozing bruising husband

    For he would come home drunk each night
    He thrashed her black and he thrashed her white
    He thrashed her too within an inch of her life
    Then he slept like a log did her husband

    One night she gathered her tears all round her shame
    She thought of the bruising and cried with the pain
    Oh you'll not do that ever again
    I won't live with a drunken husband

    But as he lay and snored in bed
    A strange old thought came into her head
    She went for the needle, went for the thread
    And went straight in to her sleeping husband

    And she started to stitch with a girlish thrill
    With a woman's heart and a seamstress' skill
    She bibbed and tucked with an iron will
    All around her sleeping husband

    Oh the top sheet, the bottom sheet too
    The blanket stitched to the mattress through
    She stitched and stitchend for the whole night through
    And then she waited the dawn and her husband

    And when her husband awoke with a pain in his head
    He found that he could not move in bed
    Sweet Christ, I've lost the use of my legs
    But this wife just smiled at her husband

    For in her hand she held the frying pan
    With a flutter in her heart she given him a lam
    He could not move and he cried, God damn
    Don't you swear, she cries to her husband

    Then she thrashed him black, she thrashed him blue
    With the frying pan and the collander too
    With the rolling pin just a stroke or two
    Such a battered and bleeding husband

    And she says, If you ever come home drunk any more
    I'll stitch you in and I'll thrash you more
    Then I'll pack my bag and I'll be out the door
    I'll not live with a drunken husband

    Oh isn't it true what small can do
    With a thread and a thought and a stitch or two
    He's wiped his slate and his boozing's through
    It's goodbye to a drunken husband

    (as sung by Martin Carthy)

    Tune: On Board Of A Man-of-War

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1988:] A true story put into song by Mike Waterson about four years ago. It happened about 1962 in the Hessle Road area of Hull and the tune is that of a brutal Royal Navy song called On Board Of A Man-of-war. (Notes Martin Carthy, 'Right of Passage')

  • For info about wife-beating see Steady As She Goes

Quelle: England

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