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Pease Brose

01:23
Jennifer Culley Curtin
Traditional

Story

This one I'm kind of guessing at... I had a cassette tape of Jean Redpath on Praire Home Companion from the late '70s singing a whole string of "mouth music" and this is three little bits of what she did.  I have had no luck finding confirmation on the words so I did my best with what I could figure out.  I know that "pease brose" is a kind of porridge made from ground up peas (ich), "wean" is a child, "bawbee" is a coin, "waun" is to hope, and "cockit" is to raise something threateningly.

Lyrics

Pease Brose

Pease brose again mother, pease  brose again,

Feed me like a blackbird, and I your only wean,

Pease brose again mother, pease brose again,

Twice the day and early and here they come again.

 

Bonny Bonnie best to me come to bed and cuddle me

Round the blanket wrap your knee to keep your Tommy warm

Bonny Bonnie best to me come to bed and snuggle me

I’ll give you a cup of tea to keep your belly warm.

 

Can you waun my granny dead, my granny dead, my granny dead,

Can you waun my granny dead for a bawbee,

She cockit up her wooden leg, her wooden leg, her wooden leg,

Cockit up her wooden leg and blacked my ee.

 

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