Wednesday, May 24, 2006

STOP THAT JADE !!!


She’s a runnin’ through the Barrens
With a skillet in her hand-
Stop that Jade ! Stop that Jade !
An’ things just ain’t a workin’ out
The way the Deacon planned-
Stop that Jade ! Stop that Jade !


It’s no…use to call the Sheriff
‘Cause the rascal’s outa town,
An’ the Deputy’s in Chatsworth
Payin’ court to Molly Brown;
Pass the jug around again
Maybe then we’ll run her down-
Deacon’s yellin’ go stop that Jade !


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That Jade she was indentured to
Ol’ skinflint Deacon Jones-
Stop that Jade ! Stop that Jade !
An’ while his missus was in town
He tried to jump her bones-
Stop that Jade ! Stop that Jade !


Oh she…waited till the Deacon
Had his britches round his knees,
Then she hit ‘im with a skillet
Just as nicely as you please !
Done left ‘im with his wherewithal
A coolin’ in the breeze-
Deacon’s yellin; go stop that Jade !


3

She’s a runnin’ past the still-house
And across the Treaty land-
Stop that Jade ! Stop that Jade !
But I reckon we won’t catch ‘er
If we get too drunk to stand-
Stop that Jade ! Stop that Jade !


It’s no…use to go a runnin’
When your feet’s all tangled up
She’ll be halfway down to Quakertown
Before we sober up.
So pass the jug around again-
I’ll try another cup !
Deacon’s yellin’ go stop that Jade !



(footnote) A jade was an indentured female servant, who signed an agreement to work for room, board, and basic clothing,in exchange for becoming an unpaid household servant – and was generally worked so hard , she was “jaded out” by the end of the indenture. Indentured servants quite often “took French leave” and headed out to the frontier.

In Southern New Jersey – deep in the Pines- there is a small brook or “run” named “Stop That Jade Run”. It got its name after a wealthy landowner placed a full-page ad , seeking the whereabouts of a runaway servant in the Philadelphia Papers .

The ad, which tickled the fancies of the local Pineys , read :

STOP THE JADE !!

and the Pineys renamed the brook to mock him.

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