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John blunt / gain Up and also Bar the Door / The prevent of the Door

< Roud 115 ; son 275 ; G/D 2:321 ; Ballad table of contents C275 ; Bodleian Roud 115 ; trad.>

Ewan MacColl sang the comical domestic tale with a ring the Aesop,Get Up and Bar the Door,in 1956 on his and A.L. Lloyd"s Riverside albumThe English and Scottish famous Ballads, Volume I.This and also 28 various other ballads native this series were reissued in 2009 ~ above MacColl"sTopic CDBallads: Murder·Intrigue·Love·Discord.Kenneth S. Goldstein comment in the album"s notes:

This amusing residential comedy has numerous analogues in the tales andliterature of Europe and also Asia (See Child"s headnote).

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The generally ribald nature of the ballad has motivated the creation ofadditional bawdy stanzas, and versions for this reason embellished room in vogue together a collegestudent song. The beginning of this brand-new oral tradition, however, is based onprinted messages to i m sorry the bawdy stanzas have actually been added.

The ballad has been built up from tradition several times due to the fact that Child,most the these messages being report in America.

MacColl"s version, learned indigenous his father, follows the Greig and Keithtext an extremely closely.

Tony climbed sang this tune as John Blunt top top his 1971 albumUnder the Greenwood Tree.He commented in his sleeve notes:John Blunthas this same wry feeling of humour Basket that Eggson the exact same album -ed>.The track occurs frequently in Scots" versions asThe impede of the Door.It is among the very few songs to acknowledge the social significance ofblack puddings—usually goes under well inBury!

Martin Carthy sang John Blunt top top his 1972 albumShearwaterand a couple of years later on live at theFolkfestival "76 Dranouter.He comment in the original album"s sleeve notes:

Lord RandallandJohn Bluntmust be amongst the more widespread story-ideas in the individual consciousness, thestories remaining an ext or less the same and also varying follow to locale and-orthe individual creativity of anyone sings them. Sport on the idea ofJohn Bluntrange native the Arabian tale where the brand-new husband wins the discussion with hisbride as soon as she pleads because that his life together he is about to be executed because that insolencein refusing come answer police questions, to one more which has actually hemp-eating tombrobbers suggesting over who shall closeup of the door the door of the vault in i beg your pardon theyhabitually alleyways themselves. Nothing quite so extreme here, however would-berapists and also burglars can take note.

The Silly sister (Maddy Prior and June Tabor) sang this in 1988 asThe prevent of the Dooron their second album,No more to the Dance.They to be accompanied by Dan Ar Braz, guitar, Huw Warren, keyboards, andPatsy Seddon & mar Macmaster (a.k.a. Sìleas), clarsachs.

And Frankie Armstrong sang John Bluntaccompanied by man Kirkpatrick in 1996 on her ballads albumTill the Grass O"ergrew the Corn.The sleeve notes commented:

The personalities who inhabit ballads are a especially wilful lot. In this“domestic” ballad, we room a world away indigenous castle and also greenwood,from heroines v milk-white skin and heroes on berry-brown steeds. However stillthe protagonists are associated in a titanic battle of wills on the mostunforgiving fight field that all: married life. Sung by grandm Seale inDorchester Union in December 1906, where probably she had little but she songsto save her warm. Those who view folksongs together pretty relics indigenous a vanishedrural Arcadia have to be sobered by how countless were built up in workhouses.

Jon Boden learnt John Blunt native the singing of martin Carthyand sang it together the 12 April 2011 entrance of his projectA people Song a Day.


Ewan MacColl sings Get Up and Bar the Door stunner Sisters song The barring of the DoorTony increased sings John Blunt boy name Carthy sings John Blunt

It fell aboot a Martinmas time, and also a well time it to be then o, the oor gudwwife acquired puddens to mak" and she boiled castle in a pan o.

It fell around the Martinmas time and a happy time it to be then o the our great wife had actually puddings come make and also she boiled castle in the pan o.

Chorus (after every verse): An" the barrin" oor door, weel, weel, weel, An" the barrin" oor door weel.

The wind it blew fae east to West, one it go out upon the floor o, says oor gudeman tae oor gudewife, “Get up bar the door o.”

The wind blew cold from East and also North and blew right into the floor o, Quoth our great man to our an excellent wife, “Get up and bar the door o.”

“Ma hand is in my hissy-skip, Gudeman as ye might see o; despite it shouldna it is in barred this seven year. It"ll no" it is in barred through me o.”

“My hand is in mine hussyfskap, an excellent man, together you may see o. If it have to be ban this century It"ll no be prohibition by me o.”

They made a paction "tween themselves and also fixed it firm and also sure o, that the yin wha spoke the foremost word, should rise and bar the door o.

They make the pact between the two They made that firm and also sure o: Whoever must speak the very an initial word must rise and bar the door o.

Twa gentlemen had lost your road, in ~ twal" o"clock o" the nicht o, and also they couldna" uncover neither hoose nor ha", nor coal nor candle-licht o.

Then by and came 2 gentlemen at twelve o"clock at night o, and they could see the in the home There was coal nor candle irradiate o.

“Noo even if it is is this a well-off man"s hoose, Or whether is the a poor o?” yet ne"er a word would certainly yin o" them speak, because that barrin o" the door o.

“Oh, have we here a well-off man"s home Or have we right here a negative o?” yet never a word would certainly the old couple speak for the prevent of the door o.

Well, very first they ate the white pudden, and also syne they ate the black o, and also oor gudeman says tae himsel", “The deil corridor doon wi" the o.”

So first they ate the white puddings and also then they ate the black o; and also muckle assumed the an excellent wife herself however ne"er a word she spoke o.

The young man tae the auld man said, “Here, man, tak ye mine knife o, and also gang and also shave the gudeman"s beard and also I"ll kiss the gudewife o.”

Then one unto the other did say, “Here man, take ye mine knife o. Execute you take off the old man"s beard and also I"ll kiss the an excellent wife o.”

“There is nae water in the hoose, and also what"ll we do then o?” “Whit ails ye in ~ the pudden-bree, that boils intae the pan o?”

“But there"s no water in the house and what shall we carry out then o? What ails ye in ~ the pudding broth the boils in yonder pan o.”

Then oot that spak the auld gudeman, and also an angry man was he o: “Would ye kiss my mam afore my e"en? Scaud me wi" pudden bree o?”

Oh, up then started our good man and an angry guy was he o, “Well ye kissed mine wife before my eyes and scald me v pudding broth o.”

Then up it raise the auld gudewife, Gaed 3 skips top top the floor o: “Gudeman, ye spak the foremost word obtain up and also bar the door o.”

Oh increase then started our good wife, offered three skips ~ above the floor o, “Good man ye have spake the very first word: acquire up and also bar the door o.”

Note: hussyfskap (Scottish) = family chores

There was an old couple lived under a hill, and Blunt it was their surname o. And also they had actually a an excellent beer and also ale because that to sell and it bore a wonderful surname o.

There to be an old pair lived under the hill, dull it to be their surname o. They had an excellent beer and also ale great to sell and it bore a wonderful fame o.

John Blunt and also his mam drank complimentary of this ale till they might drink no much more o; Then up to bed the old pair went but forgot come bar the door o.

John Blunt and his mam they drank the the drink it spins they can drink no more o; lock both obtained tired and also they went up to bed but forgot come bar the door o.

So castle a bargain, cheap made, They made it solid and certain o: that which that them need to speak the first word need to go down and bar the door o.

So lock a bargain, bargain made, make it solid and certain o: The an initial of them must speak the an initial word Should obtain up and bar the door o.

And there came travellers, visitors three, Travelling through the night o. And no house, no home, no fire had actually they, Nor however no candlelight o.

So there come travellers, tourists three, travelling in the night o. No house, no home, no fire had they, Nor however no candlelight o.

They come straightway to man Blunt"s house and quickly opened the door o, and also the adversary of a word the old pair said For fear who have to bar the door o.

They went to his cellar and also drank up his drink it spins they could drink no an ext o; and also they went to his cupboard and ate increase his meat it spins they can eat no more o.

They visited his cellar, castle drank increase his drink till they could drink no more o; however never a word walk the old pair speak For are afraid who have to bar the door o.

It"s very first they"d eaten the white puddings and also then they"d eaten the black color o. The old woman she listened and also said to herself, “May the adversary slip down through that o.”

They saw his larder, lock ate increase his food it spins they could eat no more o; however never a word go the old couple speak For are afraid who should bar the door o.

Then quickly they procured a light and quickly went upstairs o, and also then castle threw the old woman the end of her bed and they laid she on the floor.

They walk upstairs, they saw his room, They damaged down the door o; however never a word go the old pair speak For are afraid who need to bar the door o.

They hauled his mam all the end of the bed, to adjust her out on the floor o; climate up got negative John dull in his bed because that he could stand no much more o.

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Up spoke man Blunt, “You"ve consumed my meat, and laid my mam on the floor o.” “You speak the very first word john Blunt, she said, walk down and bar the door o.”

Said, “You"ve eaten my food and also drunk every my drink, to adjust her the end on the floor o.” “You speak the an initial word man Blunt, she said, So go down and also bar the door o.”


Martin Carthy"s version was spelling, orthography by Garry Gillard.

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