MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Up to the Rigs
Raymond Noseworthy NFLD 1 Tape 13 Track 6
Pouch Cove Audio:
Ballad / deception

In London city I lost my way
Down by Cheapside I chanced to stray
I met a girl all suddenly
She spoke to me both mild and meek
I was up to the rigs, down to the jigs, I was up to the rigs in London town

She asked me to her house of fame
She kindly asked what is your name
And then for supper she did call
Expecting me to pay for all
I was up to the rigs, down to the jigs, I was up to the rigs in London town

About the hour of ten or so
Twas off to bed she wanted to go
With a sort of a sigh I gave consent
And off to bed with her I went
I was up to the rigs, down to the jigs, I was up to the rigs in London town

Just at the hour of twelve or so
I thought it was time for me to go
Stole her gold watch a silken gown
Silver snuff box and ten pounds
I was up to the rigs, down to the jigs, I was up to the rigs in London town

Come all young fellows who go out on sprees
Beware the girl you chance to meet
And treat her kind what e'er betide
Think of the joke down by Cheapside

And be up to the rigs, down to the jigs, and be up to the rigs in London town


Notes

Sources: Roud 868

History:

Text notes: A man meets a woman and spends the night with her, but robs her before she gets up.

Tune notes: A single line refrain follows each of the stanzas, forming an abcd(stanza)e(refrain) melodic form. The tonality is major and the metre 4/4.

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