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The earliset printed version of this tune was in about 1850, published in Boston USA as the "latest English dance". It is a fast jig. There are many differing versions of the words on both sides of the Atlantic. My preferred explanation of the words used today involves cockney rhyming slang, and this could explain oral transmission of the words for a century or more before 1850, but there is no printed evidence for this. Weasel and Stoat is cockney rhyming slang for coat. Saturday was pay day, and people would spend all their pay that night at the local pub, in this case the "Eagle" on City Rd, east London. On Sunday they would don their "Sunday Best" a suit and tie or coat, and attend church. Then on Monday they would go to the pawnbrokers next door with their Sunday best coat and pawn it ("pop" it) so they could afford to buy the neccesities of life, treacle and rice, in order to survive until the next pay-day. What's new about excessive consumer debt?
Category: Folk Song Solo Featuring Piano Traditional Period
Time Signature 6 /8 Key Signature   Eb Major Play MP3 using player below.

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