Hedgehog Pie 1. Aa'll sing you a song if ye'll patiently wait Aboot a grand supper there's been at Streetgate, Te eat this grand supper, there only was two But they ate a whole hedgehog, some bacon and coo cho: Singing fal-de-ral laddy, sing fal-de-ral day Fal-de-ral laddy, sing fal-de-ral day 2. There's a chap in the neighbourhood has a small dog, One day went oot walkin' and it catched a hedgehog So te have a bit fun with the prize that they'd got He thowt tiv hissel he wad take it to Stott. 3. When he took it to Stott, they arranged what to dee, Wi' Kingey and Barbour they aalways made free: Everytime they went, they were hungry and dry So just for a lark they wad make them a pie. 4. Noo it had to be killed before starting to skin't, So they took up a mell for te knock oot its wind, Them that was present, tha roared and tha laughed; The chap missed the hedgehog an he broke the mellshaft. 5. The mell was ne use so they took a sharp knife, Detarmined to take awa Proggley's life They tried for te kill him in two diff'rent ways So they had te droon it for te finish his days. 6. The landlady's sister made up a pie crust With the best of beef fat and some dumplin' dust She nicked it aal roond, made it tender and then The oven was hot, so she put the pie in. 7. Noo, Barbour and Kingey sat winkin' their eye And wishin' they only could get a bit pie; They were watchin' the mistress instead of their gill - The smell was that nice, they could hardly keep still. 8. Tom the butcher te suit them, soon found oot a plan, He says, "Drink off your gills, be as sharp as ye can: Gan intae the meathoose an' let aal things by And aa'll watch the mistress and steal you the pie!" 9. In the meathoose they only had been a short while When they saa the pie comin' and they started te smile: Tom says, "Get it eaten; 'twas fettled for Stott, If he comes, he'll gan mad" Kingey says,"Man, it's hot" 9. Noo to get the pie eaten, they both wired in Till the gravy ran of baith their noses and chin. When Stott showed the skin of the pie that they had, They looked at each other, an' they torned very bad. 10. Says Barbour to Kingey, "Jack, I wadn't care But proggles come noo where there used to be hair: Aa bowt a hard hat an' aa've tied it tight doon, But the proggles come faster and they've went through the croon!" 11. A razor's ne use: they both shave with a saw Like icicles falling, they drop from their jaw: Barbour's in trouble but Kingey far worse - He cannot lie doon or sit on his arse! by Tommy Armstrong, on "Tommy Armstrong [1848-1919]: The Great Balladeer of the Coalfields" (Topic). JB
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