Charitable Steam to the Nore

All, you that wish to be gammon'd¹,
Pray take a trip to the_Noreº;
There's smoking, steaming, and cramming,
And singing and dancing galore.
There's ranters¹, tinkers, and tailors,
All join in this beautiful rout°,
With dustmen¹, coblers [sic], and sailors,
And always a man that can spout¹.

Chorus:  O ! this a charity treat,
                 To be steam'd and smoked to the Nore ;
                 There's plenty of fun to be seen,
                 And it's all for the good of the poor.

The divine¹ he soon opens his book,
To chaunt¹ a most beautiful tune ;
With the assistance of Teddy O'Rook,
The stave¹'s at an end very soon.
There's singing and squalling below,
And fighting and bawling above ;
And some of them sighing and playing,
And the rest of them dying for love.
O, this is a charity treat, &c.

Then about one o'clock is the time
To see them all cramming their maws,
Being the hour appointed to dine,-
O, the terrible working of jaws!
There was some with pickled pork,
And others with mutton and beef;
Some with sheep's head broth,
And others that have nothing to eat.
O, this is a charity treat, &c.

The dinner it was soon over,
For all of them gobbled so fast ;
Mrs. Muggy, to keep things moving,
Soon call'd for her bottle and glass.
There was some with bottled porter¹,
Others with ale¹ and stout¹ ;
And some with blue_ruin¹ and water,
Which caused a general rout³.
O, this is a charity treat, &c

Peace was not proclaimed until three,
And then, alas ! what a disaster,-
The divine got so drunk be couldn't see,
For they over his eyes clapped a plaster¹.
Mr. Murphy Delaney broke his head,
Which soon put an end to his scoffing ;
And the cabin was so hot they declared,
That they steamed two or three in a coffin.
O, this is a charity treat, &c.

They very soon reached Gravesendº,
But were all ashamed to be seen ;
For they had very little to spend,
So they turned the sail into a screen. [Note 616.1]
But the men of Kent would not be done,
They presented both cannon and ball, [Note 616.2]
Which brought them all out one by one,
By the powers, what a general squall.
O, this is a charity treat, &c.

The divine soon fell on his knees,
When he found he was safe on dry ground ;
And declared it a charity treat,
That had brought them all from town.
They were very soon sent on board,
And prepared to finish their rout;
And soon got the vessel unmoored,
Which caused the parson to spout.
O, this is a charity treat, &c.

They resolved to return back to town,
And determined to pass off the joke;
It was no charity treat they soon found,
But a_bottle_of_steam_and_smoke¹.
As soon as they reached the shore,
The mob thus began with their scoffing-
"They've had a fine steam to the Nore,
And some they have steamed in their coffin."
O, this is a charity treat, &c.

Now you that go steaming by water,
With an intent to drown dull care;
Pray be steamed to a different quarter,
As there's steam vessels to go thro' the air. [Note 616.3]
And as my steam rout soon ends,
We must admit 'twas a shocking disaster;
But instead of being charity friends,
They all proved friends to the steam master.
O, this is a charity treat, &c.

 

 

Sources (texts, music) & Publishing data

Source Title Charitable Steam to the Nore
Bargery Number 616
Roud Not in the Roud Index
Earliest Date 1818
Evidence for Earliest Date The tune used is a song that appears in Comic Songs by Thomas Hudson, p20. Printed in 1818.
Latest Date 1828
Evidence for Latest Date Publication of source
Comments on Song The choice of Irish names - O'Rook, Murphy and Delaney - for members of "the poor" is typical of English attitudes towards the Irish. Destitute Irishmen would have been common after the French Wars - about one third of Wellington's army at Waterloo was Irish - and they were joined by Irish weaver's who suffered the same downturn in trade that hit their English counterparts and who came to England in search of work. (See Larry O'Broom Roud V8580) Further research is needed to establish whether charitable excursions of this nature were a reality or a product of the songwriter's imagination.
Related Songs 'My Grandmothers Rout' appears in 'Comic Songs by Thomas Hudson', p20. Printed in 1818. It was also printed as a broadside. It is also lampoons an Irish social occasion and probably inspired the tone of this song
Author Wyburn J. S.
Music (Given or Suggested) Tune given as "My Grandmother's Rout"
Source of Music Not found
Printer or Publisher Arliss
Where Printed London

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