7. Cobbler’s Daughter

We heard this from Kate Rusby who translated it from French. A comic tale in which a mother ends up in jail while her daughter remains happily unmarried.

Lyrics:
I am a cobbler’s daughter
Thought of rude and mean
But a finer and a bonnier lass
You have never seen
I’ve plagued my father’s head
For my life I wouldn’t wed
my mother’s in the prison cause of me

There was a handsome young man
Who used to live by me
If I went out, if I went in
He’d always follow me
I knew I’d rue the day
It happened as I say
I took him to my chamber room you see

I took him to my chamber
Where we could be alone
Knowing that my father
And my mother were at home
He’s kissed me on the cheek
And I screamed till I was weak
My father came a running to the door

He’s jumped upon the young man
As I was standing by
And he brought his fist behind his head
And thumped him in the eye
My mother heard the din
Up the stairs she did begin
With a broom for a weapon she held high

Out ran the young man
To the stairs straightway
But my mother she was waiting
Like a raging bull I’d say
She’s hit him on the head
The young man fell like lead
Quite dead upon the floor he lay

I am a cobbler’s daughter
Thought of rude and mean
But a finer and a bonnier lass
You have never seen
I’ve plagued my father’s head
For my life I wouldn’t wed
my mother’s in the prison cause of me




***These lyrics are owned by Kate Rusby, since it is her translation of the traditional French story. If she would like us to remove our version of the song from our website, we will do so upon notification.***

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