Gossip Joan (Geoffrey Shaw)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-07)  CPDL #77913:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-07).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 445 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Gossip Joan
Composer: Geoffrey Shaw
Lyricist: Traditional
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1916 J. Curwen & Sons
Description: Six Traditional Melodies, No. 5

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Original text and translations

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Good morrow, Gossip Joan,
Where have you been a walking?
I have for you at Home
A Budget full of Talking,
Gossip Joan.

My Sparrow’s flown away
And will no more come to me;
I’ve broke a Glass to Day,
The Price will quite undo me,
Gossip Joan.

I’ve lost a Harry Groat,
Was left me by my Granny;
I cannot find it out,
I’ve searched in every Cranny,
Gossip Joan.

My Pocket is cut off,
That was full of Sugar-candy;
I cannot stop my Cough,
Without a Gill of Brandy,
Gossip Joan.

Let’s to the Ale-house go,
And wash down all our Sorrow;
My Griefs you there shall know,
And we’ll meet again tomorrow,
Gossip Joan.