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THE OYSTER GIRL
As I walked up Manchester Street,
A pretty little oyster girl I happened for to meet,
And into her basket so neatly I did peep
To see if she had gotten any oysters.
cho: `O, it`s oysters, oysters, oysters,` quo` she,
`If you wanl any oysters, buy them a` frae me,
It`s four for a penny, but five I`ll gie to thee,
If you deal in my basket o` oysters.`
`We`ll go down to yon tavern, yon tavern, quo` she,
`And we`ll get a bottle, it`s one, two or three,
`And then to the dance hall an hour, two or three,`
Where she laid down her basket o`oysters.
We danced till my noddle was all in a clew,
Then out of my pocket my treasure she drew,
And downstairs like lightning this oyster girl flew
And left me her basket o`oysters.
`O, it`s landlord, landlord, landlord,` quo` he,
`Did you see the little oyster girl was dancing with me?
She has rifled my pockets and stolen my money
And left me a basket o` oysters.`
`Oh ho,` says the landlord, `that`s a fine joke,
Since you`ve got no money, you must pop off your coat,
For the landlady says she has got it in her book
That she gave you bread and butter to your oysters.`
I`ve traveled through England, Ireland and France
And in all my travels I ne`er met such a lass,
For the Manchester girls, they would teach you how to dance
If you deal in their basket of oysters.
from Songs of the People, Henry
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