The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #98913   Message #1964373
Posted By: Crane Driver
11-Feb-07 - 06:31 PM
Thread Name: who's the fool now
Subject: RE: who's the fool now
The line has 'the man in the moon' clouting of (or whatever) St Peter's shoon - the explanation I've heard is that the Man in the Moon stands for Henry VIII, (because of his big, round face) so the verse refers to him making up with the Pope, something unlikely to be witnessed. The song occurs in Thomas Ravenscroft's collection 'Deuteromelia', published around 1610, but containing old drinking songs from the previous century.

Andrew