MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Roarin' Fire
Performed by Jim Rice Accession # 78-054 NFLD 1 Tape 4 Track 9
Community: Cape Broyle Audio:
Genre: Parlour song ? / marriage  

Transcription

Of all the pleasures in this world the dearest one in life
When a man knows he's got a clean and tidy wife
His house is like a palace so he may never roam
For a clean and tidy wife makes a true and happy home

CHORUS: With a big roaring fire a kettle on to boil
Makes a man feel happy when he's done his daily toil
With a smiling tidy wife and a clean hearthstone
Very very cozy when a man comes home

Now what man can be happier when his days work is done
To meet his wife with kindly smiles and to see the children run
The air seems full of music but their voices seem to ring
While the merry kettle on the hearth with gladness seems to sing

CHORUS: With a big roaring fire a kettle on to boil
Makes a man feel happy when he's done his daily toil
With a smiling tidy wife and a clean hearthstone
Very very cozy when a man comes home

Some people think it's jolly a single life to lead
It's only just for talking's sake but that I'll never heed
A single life it's very good it might be gay and free
But the comforts of a married life are just the ones for me

CHORUS: With a big roaring fire a kettle on to boil
Makes a man feel happy when he's done his daily toil
With a smiling tidy wife and a clean hearthstone
Very very cozy when a man comes home

 

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Text notes: A commentary on happy married life.

Tune notes: The stanza and refrain have similar melodies, both major key tunes with an abac form.

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