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Thread #61609   Message #2402723
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
31-Jul-08 - 08:50 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Maggie May (from A. L. Lloyd)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A. L. Lloyd's Maggie May
Hugill says "Lime Street" appeared in the more modern and skiffle versions. A lot of people have rewritten "Maggie May"
to suit themselves.

'Poxed' is more likely, since 'boxing the Jesuit' meant masturbation (Grose, Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, various editions). The lines appear in different form in the versions in Hugill:

For you robbed a lot of tailors and skinned so many sailors,...
For she robbed so many sailora, And also lots of whalers,...
Oh, you robbed many a whaler an' many a drunken sailor,...