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Lyr/Origin Req: Ain't Gonna Do It No More

Richie 26 May 09 - 07:31 PM
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Subject: Lyrics & info: Ain't Gonna Do It No Mo
From: Richie
Date: 26 May 09 - 07:31 PM

Hi,

I'm looking for info and lyrics about the bawdy song, The Snoring Maid. Sharp I believe may have sanitized it and published a version titled "Sally My Dear" collected in 1906. Anyone have lyrics to this version?

The main version I'd like to see is James Iron Head Baker's version collected by Lomax. I belive it may be titled "Hallelu." The ballad index has it as:

Creeping and Crawling
DESCRIPTION: The young man, creeping and crawling, seduces the maid, taking a knife to cut the tie on her drawers. He leaves her to lament nine months later.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1907 (Sharp mss., a "Sally My Dear" version with the words bowdlerized)
KEYWORDS: bawdy childbirth sex seduction lament clothes
FOUND IN: Britain(England(Lond,South)) US(So) Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Randolph-Legman I, pp. 33-39, "Creeping and Crawling" (7 texts, 2 tunes)
Kennedy 178, "The Knife in the Window" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lehr/Best 89, "Pretty Polly" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT, CRPCRAWL* KNIFWIND
Roud #12590
RECORDINGS:
James "Iron Head" Baker, "Crawling and Creeping" (AFS 717 A1, 1936)
Harry Cox, "The Knife in the Window" (on FSB2CD)
A. L. Lloyd, "Pretty Polly" (on BirdBush1, BirdBush2)
Asa Martin, "Crawling and Creeping" (Oriole 8452, 1935)
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Hares on the Mountain" (tune)
ALTERNATE TITLES:
Pretty Polly
The Snoring Maid
Lay Your Leg over Me Do
Nancy and Johnny
The Young Doctor
Notes: In England, this song regularly mixes with "Hares on the Mountain," with which it shares a tune. But the plots are different; I happily keep them separate though Roud lumps them (while defining "Crawling and Creeping" as a separate item). - RBW
The Lloyd recording provocatively contains the chorus "Lay your leg over me, over me, do" And at least one recorded version of "Sally, My Dear" -- an American one -- contains the "cutting the trousers" motif. So if "Sally, My Dear" is truly part of the "Hares on the Mountain" family, then "Creeping and Crawling" (or the "Pretty Polly" variant of it) is another link to "Roll Your Leg Over." - PJS
File: RL033

There are some country lyrics and possibly a version by Dorsey. I post some version later.

Thanks,

Richie


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Subject: Lyr Add: AIN'T GONNA DO IT NO MORE (Tobacco Tags)
From: Richie
Date: 26 May 09 - 07:34 PM

Lyics add: AIN'T GONNA DO IT NO MORE
Three Tobacco Tags 1931

(Mandolin solo)

I dreamed last night I was crawling and a-creeping,
I dreamed last night I was crawling and a-creeping,
I dreamed last night I was crawling and a-creeping,
And I crept to the room where Mary was sleeping,
But I ain't gonna do it no more.

(Mandolin solo)

I stepped on a tack that was sticking in the floor,
I stepped on a tack that was sticking in the floor,
I stepped on a tack that was sticking in the floor,
And bopped my nose on the knot of the door,
But I ain't gonna do it no more.

(Mandolin solo)

Mary woke up and she called the law,
Mary woke up and she called the law,
Mary woke up and she called the law,
The next stop I made was the city hall,
And I ain't goona do it no more.

(Mandolin solo)

The judge said,"Young man, you need to laugh,
The judge said,"Young man, you need to laugh,
The judge said,"Young man, you need to laugh,
This crawlin' and creepin's gonna be your last,
And you ain't gonna to do it no more."

He gave me nine months for crawling and a-creeping,
He gave me nine months for crawling and a-creeping,
He gave me nine months for crawling and a-creeping,
For creepin' in the room where Mary was sleeping,
But I ain't gonna do it any more.


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Subject: Lyr Add: PRETTY POLLY (var. of SNORING MAID)
From: Richie
Date: 26 May 09 - 08:48 PM

Hi,

BTW you can hear the Three Tobacco Tags song here:

http://www.juneberry78s.com/otmsampler/otmsampat374.html

Here's the Pretty Polly variant:


Lyr add: PRETTY POLLY (Variant of "Snoring Maid")

Sung by Mrs. M.M. of Springfield MO Aug. 27, 1938
She learned the song in the 1890's

Pretty Polly, Pretty Polly
Oh won't you come to me?
Pretty Polly, Pretty Polly
Oh won't you come to me?
Oh no, my young man,
I'm afraid you'll undo me
Just lie your leg over me, do!

Her drawers they was tied
An' he couldn't undo them
Her drawers they was tied
An' he couldn't undo them
She snored and cied,
Just take your knife to them
Just lie your leg over me, do!

An' then they began,
Like lightnin' an' thunder
An' then they began,
Like lightnin' an' thunder
On the green green grass,
Pretty Polly layin' under.
Just lie your leg over me, do!

In about nine months
Polly went to weepin',
In about nine months
Polly went to weepin',
An' then she remembered
That crawlin' an' creepin'
Just lie your leg over me, do!

Richie


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE SNORING MAID
From: Richie
Date: 27 May 09 - 12:22 PM

Lyr add: THE SNORING MAID
Collected from Mr. C. L. Walnut, in Shade, Missouri March 10, 1941.
When he first heard it in 1899 people called it "The Snoring Maid."

I was out last night a-crawlin' and a-creepin'
I was out last night a-crawlin' and a-creepin'
I was out last night a-crawlin' and a-creepin'
And I spied a fair Maiden a-snorin' and a-sleepin'
Just lay your leg over me, do.

Says I, "My pretty Monarch, I'll come to bed with you."
Says I, "My pretty Monarch, I'll come to bed with you."
Says I, "My pretty Monarch, I'll come to bed with you."
She snored and replied, "Just come to bed with me."
An' lay your leg over me, do.

Your drawers is so tight I cannot undo them,
Your drawers is so tight I cannot undo them,
Your drawers is so tight I cannot undo them,
She snored and replied, "Then take a knife to them."
An' lay your leg over me, do.

I haven't owned a knife since I can remember,
I haven't owned a knife since I can remember,
I haven't owned a knife since I can remember,
She snored and replied, "There's a knife in the winder."
Just lay your leg over me, do.

The knife it was got and the drawers cut under,
The knife it was got and the drawers cut under,
The knife it was got and the drawers cut under,
An' then they went at it like lightnin' and thunder.
Just lay your leg over me, do.

In about nine months the maid fell a weepin',
In about nine months the maid fell a weepin',
In about nine months the maid fell a weepin',
An' then she remembered the snorin' and a-creepin'.
An' lay your leg over me, do.

The baby was born and it was an awful wonder,
The baby was born and it was an awful wonder,
The baby was born and it was an awful wonder,
That it wasn't killed by the lightning and thunder
An' lay your leg over me, do.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics & info: Ain't Gonna Do It No Mo
From: Richie
Date: 28 May 09 - 12:13 PM

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Subject: Lyr Add: I AIN'T GONNA DO IT NO MORE (Bertha Hill)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 May 09 - 01:58 PM

OK, I know this is a totally different song, but I ran across it while searching for other versions of the above song, and it's too good not to share. Transcribed from the sound file at RedHotJazz.com -- click to play:


I AIN'T GONNA DO IT NO MORE
As recorded by Bertha "Chippie" Hill, 1929

1. I'm pleading to you, papa, with tears in my eyes.
I used to steal your lovin' an' I used to tell you lies.

CHORUS: Oh, babe, I ain't gon' do it no mo'.
If you take me back, sweet papa, can trust me anywhere you go.

2. I used to take your money. I know I done you wrong.
I'd court(?) with other men an' stay out all night long.

3. Dark was the night and cold was the ground
When you caught me kissin' ol' man Audie(?) Brown.

4. I kissed him on his elbow. I kissed him on his cheek.
I kissed him on his finger and I almost kissed his feet.

5. I loved him in the sunshine. I loved him 'neath the moon.
I loved him in the parlor and I loved him in your room.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics & info: Ain't Gonna Do It No More
From: Richie
Date: 30 May 09 - 12:00 PM

Thanks Jim,

Gr8 song!

Richie


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