"The Chimbley Sweep" as written by and Colin Meloy....
I am a chimbley, a chimbley sweep
No bed to lie, no shoes to hold my feet
Upon the rooftops in dead of night
You'll hear me cry, I'll shake you from your sleep

To hear me weep
"Your day will come indeed
For I am a poor and a wretched boy
A chimbley, chimbley sweep"

I am an orphan, an orphan boy
I've known no love, I've seen no mother's joy
A dirty doorstep my cradle laid
My fortune's made, I'll shake you from your sleep

To hear me weep
"Your day will come indeed
For I am a poor and a wretched boy
A chimbley, chimbley sweep"

"Oh, lonely urchin!" the widow cried
"I've not been swept since the day my husband died"
Her cheeks a-blushing, her legs laid bare
And shipwrecked there, I'll shake you from your sleep

To hear me weep
"Your day will come indeed
For I am a poor and a wretched boy
A chimbley, chimbley sweep"

For I am a poor and a wretched boy
A chimbley, chimbley sweep


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  • +2
    General CommentThis song makes me want to dance on a rooftop with an accordion. :]
    ILYhahajkon December 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI too love the widow's voice.
    It's hilarious.
    Also, the voice of the mariner's mother in 'The Mariner's Revenge Song' is a good 'un.
    dog-on-wheelson October 12, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwell, i like cheese
    alaynaon August 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove love this song...it has such a great energy and makes me want to tap my foot.
    CountMyCrowson October 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love The Decemeberists.
    hermajestyon December 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthahaha but you cant even spell their name.
    thegreatcreatoron February 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment..How embarrassing.
    Oops. :X
    And that's even worse since their name is all over the freaking page.
    hermajestyon April 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentokay, who else loves the widow's voice? it cracks me up every time.
    lost_in_twlighton April 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCatchy catchy song.
    Rockin-Robinon May 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just finished reading "Under Milk Wood" by Dylan Thomas about five minutes ago and I was laughing out loud. For real.

    This song, and "Billy Liar" both come from "Under Milk Wood"- Billy Liar being about the character "Nogood Boyo" and this song is based on a song sung at the end of the story by a drunken man.

    I love it.
    jxnarcoticzon July 25, 2005   Link

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