Seven Old Ladies

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A bawdy song which musically plumbs a 1700s nursery rhyme, ("Johnny's So Long at the Fair") - and a tune also recorded by the great Joan Morrissey: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mtps18FaauI

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Seven Old Ladies

Words and Music - Traditional
As Performed by Allison Crowe

And it's - oh, dear, what can the matter be?
Seven old ladies locked in the lavat'ry.
They were there from Sunday to Saturday.
Nobody knew they were there.

Now the first was the wife of the Deacon of Dover.
And though it was known she's a bit of a rover,
she liked it so much that she thought she'd stay over.
And nobody knew she was there.

And it's - oh, dear, what can the matter be?
Seven old ladies locked in the lavat'ry.
They were there from Sunday to Saturday.
Nobody knew they were there.

La la la

Well, the next was an athletic lady named Myrtle.
She jumped o'er the top like a steeple-chase hurdle.
Her glasses got caught in the stay of her girdle
and nobody knew she was there.

And it's - oh, dear, what can the matter be?
Seven old ladies locked in the lavat'ry.
They were there from Sunday to Saturday.
Nobody knew they were there.

La la la, La la la

Well, the next was a lady, Elizabeth Bender,
’was doing all right ‘til a vagrant suspender
got all tangled up in her feminine gender.
And nobody knew she was there.

And it's - oh, dear, what can the matter be?
Seven old ladies locked in the lavat'ry.
They were there from Sunday to Saturday.
Nobody knew they were there.

La la la, La la la, La la la

Well, the next was a lady named Jennifer Kim.
She'd just settled in on a personal whim.
Somehow she got hers caught 'tween the cup and the brim,
and nobody knew she was there.

And it's - oh, dear, what can the matter be?
Seven old ladies stuck in the lavat'ry.
They were there from Sunday to Saturday.
Nobody knew they were there.

La la la, La la la, La la la

Well, the next was the Bishop of Chichester's daughter.
She wanted to pass some superfluous water.
She pulled on a chain and the rising tide caught her,
and nobody knew she was there.

And it's - oh, dear, what can the matter be?
Seven old ladies stuck in the lavat'ry.
They were there from Monday to Saturday.
Nobody knew they were there.

La la la, La la la, La la la, La la la

Well, the last was a lady, now sweet Nellie Pumphrey.
She settled right in and she made herself comfy.
Somehow, she found out, she could not get her bum free,
and nobody knew she was there.

And it's - oh, dear, what can the matter be?
Seven old ladies stuck in the lavat'ry.
They were there from Monday to Saturday.
Nobody knew they were there.

La la la, La la la, La la la, La la la, La la la, La La La, La la la

La la laaaa

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from Newfoundland Vinyl, released June 25, 2013
All vocals, guitar, instrumentation, arrangement, engineerig and production - Allison Crowe

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