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John dull / obtain Up and also Bar the Door / The impede of the Door

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

Ewan MacColl sang the comical residential tale with a ring the Aesop,Get Up and Bar the Door,in 1956 on his and also A.L. Lloyd\"s Riverside albumThe English and Scottish well-known Ballads, Volume I.This and also 28 other ballads indigenous this series were reissued in 2009 top top MacColl\"sTopic CDBallads: Murder·Intrigue·Love·Discord.Kenneth S. Goldstein commented in the album\"s notes:

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

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The normally ribald nature the the ballad has urged the production ofadditional bawdy stanzas, and also versions so embellished space in vogue together a collegestudent song. The origin of this new oral tradition, however, is based onprinted messages to i m sorry the bawdy stanzas have been added.

The ballad has been built up from heritage several times since Child,most of these messages being report in America.

MacColl\"s version, learned from his father, adheres to the Greig and Keithtext very closely.

Tony increased sang this tune as John Blunt ~ above his 1971 albumUnder the Greenwood Tree.He commented in his sleeve notes:John Blunthas this exact same wry feeling of humour Basket that Eggson the same album -ed>.The track occurs typically in Scots\" execution asThe barring of the Door.It is just one of the very few songs to recognize the social significance ofblack puddings—usually goes under well inBury!

Martin Carthy sang John Blunt on his 1972 albumShearwaterand a few years later on live in ~ theFolkfestival \"76 Dranouter.He commented in the initial album\"s sleeve notes:

Lord RandallandJohn Bluntmust be amongst the an ext widespread story-ideas in the people consciousness, thestories remaining more or less the same and varying follow to locale and-orthe individual imagination of anyone sings them. Sports on the idea ofJohn Bluntrange native the Arabian tale where the brand-new husband wins the argument with hisbride when she pleads because that his life as he is around to it is in executed because that insolencein refusing to answer police questions, to an additional which has hemp-eating tombrobbers saying over who shall closeup of the door the door of the vault in i beg your pardon theyhabitually canyon themselves. Nothing quite so too much here, however would-berapists and also burglars could take note.

The Silly sisters (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 & mary Macmaster (a.k.a. Sìleas), clarsachs.

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

The personalities who inhabit ballads are a notably wilful lot. In this“domestic” ballad, we space a world away from castle and also greenwood,from heroines v milk-white skin and heroes top top berry-brown steeds. Yet stillthe protagonists are associated in a titanic struggle of wills on the mostunforgiving fight field that all: married life. Sung by grandm Seale inDorchester Union in December 1906, where probably she had tiny but she songsto store her warm. Those who check out folksongs together pretty relics from a vanishedrural Arcadia must be sobered by how countless were collected in workhouses.

Jon Boden learnt John Blunt from the to sing of young name Carthyand sang it as the 12 April 2011 entrance of his projectA people Song a Day.


Ewan MacColl sings Get Up and also Bar the Door stunner Sisters song The prevent of the DoorTony rose sings John Blunt martin Carthy sings John Blunt

It dropped aboot a Martinmas time, and a good time it was then o, the oor gudwwife got puddens come mak\" and she boiled lock in a pan o.

It fell about the Martinmas time and also a happy time it was then o that our good wife had actually puddings to make and she boiled lock in the pan o.

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

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

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

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

“My hand is in my hussyfskap, an excellent man, as you may see o. If it have to be barred this hundred years It\"ll no be barred by me o.”

They do a paction \"tween themselves and fixed the firm and also sure o, the the yin wha spoke the foremost word, have to rise and bar the door o.

They do the pact in between the 2 They made it firm and also sure o: Whoever must speak the very very first word have to rise and bar the door o.

Twa gentlemen had lost their road, at twal\" o\"clock o\" the nicht o, and also they couldna\" discover neither hoose nor ha\", no one coal nor candle-licht o.

Then by and came two gentlemen in ~ twelve o\"clock in ~ night o, and also they can see the in the residence There was coal no one candle light o.

“Noo whether is this a affluent man\"s hoose, Or whether is that a negative 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 residence Or have we right here a negative o?” however never a word would the old pair speak because that the prevent of the door o.

Well, an initial they ate the white pudden, and syne lock ate the black color o, and oor gudeman says tae himsel\", “The deil gang doon wi\" the o.”

So an initial they ate the white puddings and then lock ate the black color o; and muckle believed the great wife herself however ne\"er a indigenous she spoke o.

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

Then one depend the other did say, “Here man, take ye my knife o. Execute you take off the old man\"s beard and also I\"ll kiss the great wife o.”

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

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

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

Oh, up then began our good man and also an angry male was that o, “Well ye kissed my wife prior to my eyes and scald me through pudding broth o.”

Then up it advanced the auld gudewife, Gaed three skips on the floor o: “Gudeman, ye spak the foremost word get up and bar the door o.”

Oh up then started our an excellent wife, gave three skips on the floor o, “Good male ye have spake the very first word: get up and 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 they had a an excellent beer and also ale for to sell and it boring a wonderful name o.

There was an old couple lived under the hill, dull it to be their name o. Castle had an excellent beer and also ale good to sell and also it boring a wonderful fame o.

John Blunt and his mam drank cost-free of this ale till they can drink no more o; Then up to bed the old pair went however forgot to bar the door o.

John Blunt and his mam they drank that the drink till they can drink no much more o; castle both acquired tired and also they went approximately bed however forgot come bar the door o.

So castle a bargain, bargain made, They make it strong and certain o: that which the them need to speak the an initial word should go down and also bar the door o.

So they a bargain, bargain made, make it strong and sure o: The first of them have to speak the first word Should obtain up and bar the door o.

And there came travellers, visitors three, Travelling with the night o. And also 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 came straightway to john Blunt\"s house and also quickly opened up the door o, and also the adversary of a word the old pair said For are afraid who must bar the door o.

They saw his cellar and drank increase his drink till they could drink no much more o; and also they saw his cupboard and also ate up his meat it rotates they could eat no more o.

They visited his cellar, lock drank up his drink till they might drink no an ext o; however never a word walk the old pair speak For are afraid who need to bar the door o.

It\"s an initial they\"d consumed the white puddings and then they\"d consumed the black o. The old mrs she listened and said to herself, “May the devil slip down with that o.”

They checked out his larder, castle ate increase his food it spins they could eat no more o; yet never a word walk the old pair speak For are afraid who should bar the door o.

Then conveniently they procured a light and quickly go upstairs o, and then lock threw the old woman the end of her bed and they laid her on the floor.

They go upstairs, they checked out his room, They damaged down the door o; however never a word walk the old couple speak For fear who must bar the door o.

They hauled his wife all the end of the bed, set her out on the floor o; then up got negative John blunt in his bed because that he can stand no more o.

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Up spoke john Blunt, “You\"ve eaten my meat, and laid my mam on the floor o.” “You spoke the first word man Blunt, she said, go down and also bar the door o.”

Said, “You\"ve consumed my food and drunk all my drink, set her the end on the floor o.” “You speak the an initial word john Blunt, she said, So walk down and bar the door o.”


Martin Carthy\"s variation was spelling by Garry Gillard.

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