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Thread #2338   Message #157074
Posted By: Bruce O.
02-Jan-00 - 04:25 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Frog in the Well
Subject: RE: Lyr? Frog in the well
"Froggy in the Well"; facsimile of oldest: SCA Minstrel website-Ravenscroft-Melismata-#21

"Tailor and Mouse" was originally tailor and louse. Old tradition had it that tailors were cowardly and couldn't fight anything bigger (7 tailors make a man. See also "Benjamin Bowmaneer" in DT) John Taylor capitalized on it with his ballad of the Tailor and the Louse, and it was revised a few times on other broadside ballads, and came down to us as a folksong. See ZN2168, ZN2449, and Zn2570 in the broadside ballad index on my website for the early versions.