I'm a Man You Don't Meet Every Day

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"I'm a Man You Don't Meet Every Day" (Roud 975) is a traditional Scottish or Irish music hall song [1] written from the point of view of a rich landowner telling the story of his day while buying drinks at a public house. According to Archie Fisher, the song is "an Irish narrative ballad that has been shortened to an Aberdeenshire drinking song". [1]


It is also known under the titles Jock Stuart, Jock Stewart [1] or Jock Steward.

Various versions of the song exist. [1] A "boastful Irish ditty" of that title is recorded as early as the 1880s. [2] It was also passed on from Frederick “Cauliflower” Crossman, who had worked with Cecil Sharp, to Crossman's granddaughter. [1] Its most famous version is Jeannie Robertson's from 1960. A recent popular version was recorded in 1985 by the Pogues, with bass player Cait O'Riordan on vocals. In both Robertson's and O'Riordan's versions, the song's first-person narrator is presented by a woman, despite the song's masculine narrative. [3]


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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "I'm a Man You Don't Meet Every Day / Jock Stewart". Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  2. Simon J. Bronner (1987). Old-time Music Makers of New York State. Syracuse University Press. pp. 125–. ISBN   978-0-8156-0216-3.
  3. 1 2 Roesgen, Jeffrey T. (2008). The Pogues' Rum, Sodomy and the Lash. Bloomsbury. pp. 38–39. ISBN   9781441105707.