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 Hallsong[1] written from the point of view of a rich landowner telling the story of his day while buying drinks at a public house. The song is an Irish narrative ballad that has been shortened to an Aberdeenshire drinking song.

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

Various versions of the song exist. A "boastful Irish ditty" of that title is recorded as early as the 1880s.[2] A recent popular version was recorded in 1985 by the Pogues, with bass player Cait O'Riordan on vocals.

One of the earliest recordings is from the mid-1970s when Chris Foster received a cassette recording he had made of Mrs Amy Ford from Low Ham, Somerset, UK, singing this song. Amy learnt the song from her grandfather, Frederick “Cauliflower” Crossman, who was one of Cecil Sharp's singers.[1]


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  1. ^ a b c d "Mainly Norfolk article on I'm a Man You Don't Meet Everyday". Mainly Norfolk. 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.