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Thread #86546 Message #1610372
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
21-Nov-05 - 01:37 PM
Thread Name: happy? – Nov 21 (A Strange Wedding)
Subject: RE: happy? – Nov 21 (A Strange Wedding)
Not the only old song of its ilk.
The Spanish were singing "The Wedding of the Louse and the Nit" ("La trejaria del piojo y la liendre") about the same time. Any relationships to real people, however are just as speculative as those suggested for the frog and the mouse.
The song of the louse and the nit came to Mexico in the 16th c. and made its way into what is now New Mexico and southern Colorado at the beginning of the 17th, so it may be considered one of the oldest folk songs in America.