I heard this song once, live, at a performance somewhere in Yorkshire in, I think, 1972 and never forgot it. I just fed the lyrics I remembered into Google and it spat out:
The Doffing Mistress
Oh do you know her or do you not
This new doffing mistress we have got?
Elsie Thompson it is her name
And she helps her doffers at every frame.
- Chorus (after each verse):
- Fol de ri fol ra
Fol de ri fol ray
And Monday morning when she comes in
She hangs her coat on the highest pin.
Turns around just to greet her friends,
Crying, “Hi, doffers, tie up your ends!”
Some times the boss he looks in the door,
“Tie your ends up, doffers,” he will roar.
Tie our ends up we surely do,
For Elsie Thompson but not for you.