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|Catfeet||Origins: Nipperkin and a brown bowl (Barley Mow) (55* d)||RE: Nipperkin and a brown bowl||03 Feb 98|
I actually learned a version that was slightly different in that it was "good luck to the nipperkin and the brown bowl". The other references to the lucky bowl in the song were always "bonny bowl". The explination that I heard was that it was a song in praise of the oak that aged the beer or wine. This reference to a brown bowl can also be found in several wassailing songs when they speak about beer or ale.