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John dull / get 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 of Aesop,Get Up and also Bar the Door,in 1956 top top his and A.L. Lloyd"s Riverside albumThe English and also Scottish well-known Ballads, Volume I.This and 28 other ballads from 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 domestic comedy has numerous analogues in the story andliterature of Europe and Asia (See Child"s headnote).

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The typically ribald nature that the ballad has urged the production ofadditional bawdy stanzas, and versions therefore embellished are in vogue as a collegestudent song. The beginning of this new oral tradition, however, is based onprinted texts to which the bawdy stanzas have actually been added.

The ballad has actually been built up from heritage several times because Child,most the these texts being reported in America.

MacColl"s version, learned native his father, follows the Greig and Keithtext very closely.

Tony increased sang this track as John Blunt ~ above his 1971 albumUnder the Greenwood Tree.He commented in his sleeve notes:John Blunthas this very same wry sense of humour Basket the Eggson the very same album -ed>.The track occurs commonly in Scots" execution asThe prevent of the Door.It is among the very couple of songs to identify the social significance ofblack puddings—usually goes under well inBury!

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

Lord RandallandJohn Bluntmust be amongst the much more widespread story-ideas in the individual consciousness, thestories remaining more or less the same and varying follow to locale and-orthe individual creativity of whoever sings them. Variations on the idea ofJohn Bluntrange indigenous the Arabian tale where the brand-new husband wins the argument with hisbride as soon as she pleads for his life together he is around to be executed because that insolencein refusing to answer police questions, to an additional which has actually hemp-eating tombrobbers arguing over that shall shut the door of the vault in which theyhabitually canyon themselves. Nothing fairly so excessive here, yet would-berapists and burglars can take note.

The Silly sister (Maddy Prior and June Tabor) sang this in 1988 asThe impede of the Dooron their second album,No an ext to the Dance.They were 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 characters who inhabit ballads room a especially wilful lot. In this“domestic” ballad, we are a civilization away from castle and greenwood,from heroines v milk-white skin and heroes top top berry-brown steeds. However stillthe protagonists are connected in a titanic battle of wills on the mostunforgiving battle field of all: married life. Sung by mrs Seale inDorchester Union in December 1906, where maybe she had little but she songsto store her warm. Those who view folksongs as pretty relics from a vanishedrural Arcadia need to be sobered by how plenty of were collected in workhouses.

Jon Boden learnt John Blunt indigenous the to sing of martin Carthyand sang it as the 12 April 2011 entry of his projectA folk Song a Day.


Ewan MacColl sings Get Up and Bar the Door stunner Sisters sing The prevent of the DoorTony climbed sings John Blunt young name Carthy sings John Blunt

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

It fell around the Martinmas time and also a gay time it was then o the our good wife had actually puddings come make and she boiled lock 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 go out fae east to West, an it go out upon the floor o, states oor gudeman tae oor gudewife, “Get increase bar the door o.”

The wind go out cold native East and North and also blew 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 together ye might see o; though it shouldna it is in barred this 7 year. It"ll no" be barred by me o.”

“My hand is in mine hussyfskap, great man, as you might see o. If it must be prohibition this century It"ll not be prohibition by me o.”

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

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

Twa gentlemen had lost your road, at twal" o"clock o" the nicht o, and they couldna" uncover neither hoose no one ha", no one coal no one candle-licht o.

Then by and came 2 gentlemen at twelve o"clock in ~ night o, and they might see the in the residence There was coal no one candle light o.

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

“Oh, have we below a affluent man"s residence Or have we right here a negative o?” yet 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 also syne castle ate the black color o, and also oor gudeman states tae himsel", “The deil corridor doon wi" the o.”

So an initial they ate the white puddings and also then they ate the black color o; and also muckle assumed the good wife herself but ne"er a word she spoke o.

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

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

“There is nae water in the hoose, and what"ll we execute then o?” “Whit ails ye in ~ 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 that spak the auld gudeman, and also an angry man was he o: “Would ye kiss my wife afore mine e"en? Scaud me wi" pudden bree o?”

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

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

Oh up then started our great wife, offered three skips top top the floor o, “Good guy ye have actually spake the very an initial word: obtain up and bar the door o.”

Note: hussyfskap (Scottish) = family chores

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

There was an old pair lived under the hill, dull it was their surname o. Castle had great beer and ale great to sell and also it boring a wonderful fame o.

John Blunt and his mam drank complimentary of this ale it spins they might drink no much more o; Then up to bed the old couple went however forgot come bar the door o.

John Blunt and also his wife they drank of the drink it spins they can drink no more o; they both got tired and they went approximately bed but forgot come bar the door o.

So lock a bargain, cheap made, They do it strong and sure o: the which that them have to speak the very first word should go down and also bar the door o.

So castle a bargain, bargain made, made it strong and certain o: The an initial of them have to speak the first word Should acquire up and bar the door o.

And there come travellers, travellers three, Travelling through the night o. And also no house, no home, no fire had actually they, Nor yet no candlelight o.

So there came travellers, travellers three, travelling in the night o. No house, no home, no fire had actually they, Nor yet no candlelight o.

They came straightway to john Blunt"s house and quickly opened the door o, and also the devil of a indigenous the old couple said For fear who need to bar the door o.

They saw his cellar and also drank increase his drink it spins they could drink no more o; and also they checked out his cupboard and also ate increase his meat it rotates they can eat no more o.

They went to his cellar, lock drank increase his drink it spins they can drink no an ext o; yet never a word walk the old pair speak For fear who need to bar the door o.

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

They visited his larder, they ate up his food it spins they can eat no much more o; however never a word go the old couple speak For fear who must bar the door o.

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

They go upstairs, they visited 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 wife all the end of the bed, set her out on the floor o; then up got bad John blunt in his bed because that he might stand no much more o.

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


Martin Carthy"s version was spelling by Garry Gillard.

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