Thomas Arne
(1710 - 1778)

Arne : The Family Quarrel : illustration

The Family Quarrel
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This catch gained a Catch Club prize medal in 1764. The current edition eschews the catch format, and is written out in full.
Lyrics: Anon, probably the composer

Good neighbours, be quiet; let me part the fray.
Come, kiss and be friends; drive discord away.

He's a rascal, a pimp, a poor fripp'ry Jack;
That gives me no vittles, nor clothes to my back.

Oh! You vixen, you brimstone! How dare you to rail?
Like a squirrel, you cover your back with your tail.

Well what if I do? Sure, this may atone:
My tail covers your back, as well as my own.