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Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'

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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Dec 17 - 12:15 PM

We wrote that song, mmario.1980 ny renfaire.
Sherry Nehmer


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 02:24 PM

Try this site mate....http://www.armadillo.net/llewtrah/
Yours, Aye. Dave (known to sing a few of these the odd time or two)


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: Tcrier
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 02:18 PM

Heard a Verse of Pheasant Plucker in a World Town Crier Competition Show in Shanklin Isle of Wight in 1991.

The Town Criers performing were doing a rendition of "I Am A Lumberjack"


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: GUEST,Joe_F
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 10:28 AM

Guest Jack: Search the Forum under "balls hang low" for plenty of versions.

--- Joe Fineman    joe_f@verizon.net

||: There are three kinds of economists: crackpots, hired liars, and John Kenneth Galbraith, who is an old man. :||


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: Fred (Beetle) Bailey
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 09:24 AM

Am I the only Mudcatter with a copy of "Count Palmiro Vicarion's Book of Bawdy Ballads"? It was printed in France (of course) in 1961 by The Olympia Press, 8 rue de Nesle, Paris 6 and smuggled into the bible-thumpers belt in the bottom of my brother's seabag after a North African (I think) tour of duty. (Can anyone imagine a more seminal gift for a barely adolescent guitar-banger?) The binding failed long ago and I may have lost a few pages but there's 65 listed in the table of contents -- only a few with a sparse melody score.

The Count's frontspiece:
"To those who have written, are writing, and who will write them, together with those who have the sensibility and courage to publish them, this collection is fondly dedicated. And may they drop dead who secretly read and publically burn them -- or else begin their real education."

It's an amazing collection of scatalogical and sexual humor that stands head and shoulders (so to speak) above the respected journeyman works of Mr. Silverman and Brand and others mentioned above.

Anyone know where I can get a fresh copy?

Failing that, I'll trade lyrics of any of the 65 for any others that I don't have -- or any such deal -- let's keep this Folk Heritage alive!


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: GUEST,Jack-
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 06:20 AM

I am searching for the lyrics to a ballad 'Tiddly Winks', I was told that there were many versions......all I know of the ballad I am after goes like....

Tiddly winks old beam
Have you ever kissed a queen
Have you have seen a sailor
Eat a can of sardines
Said the Captain of the lugger
To another filthy bugger
Lets have another drink
Before the ship goes down

Any help will be appreciated........thank you....Jack


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: GUEST,Rev. Vicar
Date: 07 Feb 05 - 07:12 PM

Dirty beasts, all of you.


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Feb 05 - 02:00 AM

Hi, Steve -
there were four LP's in Ed McCurdy's "Dalliance" Series (When Dalliance Was In Flower and Maidens Lost Their Heads), Volumes I, II, III, and Son of Dalliance. You can find a new Best of Dalliance (click) compilation at www.rhinohandmade.com. It's a limited edition, only 2,500 copies made. It's expensive, but it's a first-class production with 28 cuts. You can get it at Amazon ($25), but it's cheaper ($20) if you order it direct from Rhino. It's also available at Collectors' Choice, http://www.ccmusic.com/. While you're at it, you may want to pick up the Rhino Handmade albums from Jean Ritchie and Theo Bikel.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: Nerd
Date: 07 Feb 05 - 01:15 AM

Masato,

You will find that that book is not yet available. I am in fact editing the manuscript, and it has not been through music editing or layout yet! It has been delayed several times, which I suppose is why it's already on their website as being available!


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: GUEST,Steve
Date: 07 Feb 05 - 12:03 AM

Where can I get "When Daliance was in Flower " Albums?


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: masato sakurai
Date: 06 Feb 03 - 10:56 PM

I've found this book on the net and just ordered it.

Bawdy Ballads and Dirty Dities from Ontario and Newfoundland
by Goldstein (Edt).
Paperback
January, 2003
Wilfrid Laurier Univ Pr; ISBN: 0889203849

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: Abby Sale
Date: 06 Feb 03 - 10:01 PM

Enjoy, Charley. You will find many, many happy surprises in there. Not just the texts...the unexpected settings.


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: Joe_F
Date: 06 Feb 03 - 07:33 PM

Speaking of female perspectives, there is, or was, a group in Boston called The Bawdy Ladies (Anne Goodwin, Anabel Graetz, Linda Lombardi), which used to perform a variety of stuff in odd venues, and which issued, in 1986, a tape called _The Bawdy Ladies' Book_, containing the following songs, all amusing & some seldom heard:

Three Drunken Maidens
Christmas Goose
Johnny Be Fair
Eppie Morrie
Sorry the Day
Wife's Lament
Home Dearie Home
Malurous Qu'o Uno Fenno
Maids When You're Young
Nine Times a Night
Isabel and the English Monuments
I Lay with an Old Man
Foolish, Incredibly Foolish
You Were Only Fucking While I Was Making Love
Kitchen Man
Man in the Moon

The last is a women's version of "Roll Your Leg Over".


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: Charley Noble
Date: 06 Feb 03 - 08:13 AM

Thanks, Masato. I had forgotten which recent thread these titles came up in and the "unprintable" Mudcat search engine still will not fire up!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: MikeOQuinn
Date: 05 Feb 03 - 11:27 PM

MMario, you asked about a female-perspective version of the Two Magicians...

There's a group called 'The Ravens', who I don't think perform together anymore, who did a version of the song ending like this (I think)

Then the lady, she ran into the house, and she became a bed
Then he became a silk coverlet and over her he spread
Then the lady, she became a moth, and ate a little thread
And when he turned back to a man, he'd lost his little head (HA!)

I've not heard it in long enough that I'm not entirely sure if that's it, but something like that would work, no?

-J


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: masato sakurai
Date: 05 Feb 03 - 10:52 PM

There has been a related thread:

'Unprintable Songs'.

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: Charley Noble
Date: 05 Feb 03 - 06:12 PM

Just received the two volume Vance Randolph "Unprintable" collection: ROLL ME IN YOUR ARMS and BLOW THE CANDLE OUT via Bookfinder.com.

What joy! Finally two volumes of unexpurgated songs, many of which we've been forced to sing in the expurgated version for years because of the moral taste of song collectors, the academic world, or publishers. I may still choose to sing the expurgated versions, but it will now be a personal choice.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: MARINER
Date: 24 Dec 02 - 06:42 PM

There was an album released by Tony Brittain and Isla Cameron called "Songs Of Love Lust And Loose Living"/. I t came out in the 60s and was on one of the premier folk labels, perhaps Topic?


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: Cluin
Date: 24 Dec 02 - 04:27 PM

I heard it as:

I'm not a pheasant plucker,
Nor a pheasant plucker's son,
But I'll pluck pheasants
`Til the pheasant plucking's done.


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 24 Dec 02 - 04:38 AM

...Continued

"I'm not the pheasant plucker,
I'm the pheasant plucker's mate
And I'm only plucking pheasants
'Cos the pheasant plucker's late!"

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: GUEST,lucky
Date: 23 Dec 02 - 02:25 PM

Where did you find this? It's great. Do you know where I can find the tune?


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE GUILLOTINE
From: MMario
Date: 27 Nov 00 - 11:01 AM

Huzzah! lookee what I found...

THE GUILLOTINE

Once there were princesses three,
Purity, Virtue and Chastity
Purity, Chastity, Purity, Chastity, Purity...
and Virtue

But their names did not agree,
with the lusty nature of the three
Their father would not trust to luck,
in warding off a royal . . .

Fa-la-la, fa-la-la, fa-la-la, fa-la-la,
fa-la-la, fa-la, la LA

The king welded on his daughters three,
belts to insure virginity
And in each belt was placed a lock,
with-a-blade-to-chop an intruders...

Diddle-dum, diddle-dee, diddle-dum, diddle-dee,
diddle-dum, no dummy he.

Off their father went to war,
leaving Purity, Chastity, Purity, Chastity, Purity,
and Virtue . . .

Fa-la-la, fa-la-la, fa-la-la, fa-la-la,
fa-la-la, fa-la, la LA

When the king returned from war,
He summoned his knights, all seven score
And ordered all to drop their pants,
to see if each still had his lance

Sing hey, nonny, nonny,nonny. . .
no

The king could not believe his eyes,
not one knight retained his prize
Save the brave and bold Sir Nick,
the one and only knight who had his...

Derry down, derry down, derry down, derry down,
derry down, hang derry derry down

"Nick," said the King, "as you have been true,
I give my kingdom half to you.
And one daughter to be wed,
what say you, Nick?"

And Sir Nick said:

Fa-wa-wa, fa-wa-wa, fa-wa-wa, fa-wa-wa,
fa-wa-wa, fa-wa,wa WA!!!


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: GUEST,Bruce O.
Date: 24 Nov 00 - 05:25 PM

"My man John" can be found in the Scarce Songs 1 file on my website, www.erols.com/olsonw, along with a lot of other bawdy songs from manuscripts, broadside ballads, and songbooks (See Scarce Songs 2 file for more).

You will also find "Nash's Dildo" there from a manuscipt (not those used by Farmer in 'Merry Songs').

The original broadside text of "My thing is my own" can be found on the Bodley Ballads website by putting 'Traps Delight' in the Browse box. [Wood E 25(30), ZN1181 in the broadside ballad index on my website]


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: Wincing Devil
Date: 24 Nov 00 - 12:05 PM

The Art of the Bawdy Song by the Baltimore Consort has one of my Favorites:

My friend John has a thing that is long
My friend Mary has a thing that is hairy

Wincing_Devil
Cats and Women: no matter what you tell them, they do as they please..


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: GUEST,katjiek@yahoo.com
Date: 24 Nov 00 - 12:51 AM

hey- happy turkey day... i'm off tomorrow to louisiana ren fest - i will be using several 'new' tunes in our bb show there... thank you to all for your help. see y'all in a couple of weeks! kate


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Subject: Lyr Add: BIG COSGROVE
From: NicP
Date: 23 Nov 00 - 01:01 PM

"Big Cosgrove" is one of the better recent additions to the tradition of bawdy ballads come from a duo called His Worship and the Pig. It is a sad tale of a man who, though vertically challenged was compensated for this in other areas. The words follow:

BIG COSGROVE

This ballad was composed in a place called Abbey Holton,
But this one's not a Child Ballad. This one's an adult 'n.
Turn off your hi-fi and TV, likewise the cursed Nintendo.
I'll sing a song comprising mainly filth and innuendo.

Come and listen to a stirring tale of passion and of power.
There's only forty verses, so it scarcely lasts an hour.
Concerning great Lord Wildblood and his lovely Lady Jane,
And a man called Big Jack Cosgrove, of great renown and fame.

Now he wasn't called Big Cosgrove 'cos he had the strength of two.
He was only four foot eight in height and six stone six wet through.
Though small of frame, he held that name because reputedly
His bright brown sword, it wasn't all that hung down to his knee.

Now it came upon a Whitsuntide, a Sunday dour and dull.
Big Cosgrove he rode into town and he was on the pull.
And Lords and Ladies they came down from boudoir and from battle
To dance, romance and catch, perchance, a glimpse of Cosgrove's tackle.

Lord Donald and Lord Ingram came, Lord Wildblood and his missus.
Lord Lovell and Lord Bateman's wives were exchanging showbiz kisses,
When it seemed Big Cosgrove was delayed, or might not show at all.
The crowd all cried, "Ee, Jack, you're late," but that was premature.

Well, he burst into the party and he gave an awful cry,
For his armour bright was much too tight and pinched 'twixt groin and thigh.
And there was music on the stage and stains of stirring song.
Big Cosgrove strode, a tiny giant, through that milling throng.

Well, it fell out on a holiday, as it oft-times had before,
But he quickly put it away again and hoped nobody saw.
And he strode up to Lady Jane, said, "Lady, are you dancing?"
She said, "Kind Sir, if you're asking, then yea, verily, I'm dancing."

Well he took her by the lily-white hand with fingers long and small,
For the other one was short and fat, and not very nice at all.
And he clutched her to his breastplate 'til she chastised and implored,
"Your weapon does provoke me." He says, "Nay, lass, that's me sword."

He joined her in a quick quadrille, both vigourous and rough.
With lusty looks she struts her funky medieval stuff.
And breathlessly she whispers in the dance's dying seconds,
"Your sword doth still provoke me." He says, "Nay, lass, that's me weapon."

Now the hall was decked that eventide with horns and brazen trumpets,
But he hadn't gone for music, but to see the brazen strumpets.
And some went down in velveteen, and some went down in lace.
When Lady Jane went down, it put a smile on Cosgrove's face.

They arranged to meet up later in a secret lovers' tryst.
Well, Jane turns up a half-hour late, and Jack turns up half pissed.
At the height of passion, Lady Jane cries, "I hear someone coming!"
Said Jack, "It isn't me love. It must just be the plumbing."

But her husband bursts into the room, exuding might and main.
He says, "You've kissed my wedded wife, you cad, you knave, you swine."
Said Jack, "I will deny that charge in front of a solicitor.
In fact, about the only thing I haven't done is kissed her."

Up speaks the Lord: "I have two sword to cut through flesh and bone,
And I shall have the best of them, and you can get your own."
And the very first blow that Cosgrove struck just nicked Lord Wildblood's neck.
And the very first blow that Wildblood struck laid Cosgrove on the deck.

Jane pulled away from Wildblood, and she rushed to Cosgrove's side.
She placed her naked nubile form before his fading eyes.
Miraculous effects occurred, though not the ones desired.
He was laid down and bolt upright at the moment he expired.

So it came to pass Big Cosgrove, he went to his God unbidden.
Well, they bought a lovely coffin, but they couldn't get the lid on.
So they had the box extended and it made the strangest scene
'Cos it looked like they were burying a wooden submarine.

Now, Big Cosgrove he was buried in Ye Olde Robin Hood,
But the grave it wasn't deep enough the way it had been dug.
But they buried Cosgrove anyway, and rather than dig more,
They left him with his periscope protruding through the floor.

And people would trip over it when going to the bar.
They spilled their drinks and skinned their knees. They spat and cursed and swore.
"You can do yourself an injury on that," they would all say.
"Why don't you saw it off and throw the bloody thing away?"

But the landlord wouldn't do it, for he'd promised Lady Jane
That Cosgrove had a resting-place where'er he could remain.
And so he nailed a seat on top, the sentimental fool,
So when Lady Jane is in the mood,
You'll find her in Ye Robin Hood,
Still dressed in all her mourning lace
With a look of pleasure on her face,
Just sitting in her favourite place
On Big Jack Cosgrove's stool.

I have collected similar songs, but this one seems the most fitting for this thread.


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: MMario
Date: 23 Nov 00 - 10:39 AM

dave's thread is here


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: Oversoul
Date: 22 Nov 00 - 09:05 PM

Seeker? See my thread from last fall. These bed-wettin' bottom feeders had a feeding frolic with my call for "Humorous Sex Songs". Don't sleep on the wet spot!


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: GUEST,katjiek@yahoo.com
Date: 22 Nov 00 - 08:49 PM

yep - that was the one i meant... i've used the 1st verse as a tt in my voice classes - but, i did hear that there were other verses...

thanks! happy turkey-day! kate


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: MMario
Date: 22 Nov 00 - 08:29 PM

pheasant plucker is here in DT it's one of the "missing tunes" - I'm not at work so I can't check to see if it has been found yet. But if it has, I can provide the music. if it hasn't - hey, we'll put out a mudcat cry for help.


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: MMario
Date: 22 Nov 00 - 07:54 PM

and there are several other verses - there's the pheasant plucker's wife, and I believe one about his dog.


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: Catrin
Date: 22 Nov 00 - 06:03 PM

Its a tongue twister.


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: Snuffy
Date: 22 Nov 00 - 08:24 AM

Do you mean this? But it's not a Limerick.

I'm not a pheasant plucker
I'm a pheasant plucker's son
I'm only plucking pheasants
Till the pheasant plucker comes

Wassail! V


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: GUEST,katjiek@yahoo.com
Date: 22 Nov 00 - 08:11 AM

does anyone know the actual words to the 'phesant plucker' limerick? i'd love to use that in my show... kate


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: GUEST,Lynn T
Date: 21 Nov 00 - 09:58 PM

There's also this one, that I must have learned 25 years ago in the SCA:

I have me a furzebush, my own finest jewel
Where all my fine pheasants do play.
And if you'd go a-shooting, as shooting's in season
I'll tell ye, love, how to proceed.
You raise your gun up, you bring it to bear,
Then shoot when you're ready, you're sure to succeed.

I have me a fishpond, my own finest jewel,
Where all my fine fishes do play.
And if you'd go a-fishing, as fishing's in season
I'll tell ye, love, how to proceed.
You raise your rod up, you bring it to bear,
[oh dear, now I can't remember the last line! I'm sure you can reel in something!]

Lynn


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: Snuffy
Date: 21 Nov 00 - 07:21 PM

Llewtrah is of course Hartwell backwards


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: MMario
Date: 21 Nov 00 - 03:37 PM

jpg has been sent


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: GUEST,katjiek@yahoo.com
Date: 21 Nov 00 - 03:27 PM

mmario- i'm sure that she does remember you -- i remember frank -- i think i just got an email from him a couple of days ago... :)

however - lyra and i aren't working together anymore... she's up in boston now - resting. (i think) but - we still talk frequently... i'll pass along the message.

yes - i would love the knight and unicorn song... :) kate


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: Jeri
Date: 21 Nov 00 - 03:14 PM

Fine, but does Llewtrah have a web page with song lyrics and links to other bawdy sites? You betcha! "Smutty Songs, Dirty Ditties, Lewd Lyrics, Filthy Filks & Bawdy Ballads"


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: MMario
Date: 21 Nov 00 - 02:42 PM

An old man came over the Lea???


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 21 Nov 00 - 02:40 PM

Oops, "An Old Man Came Over the Sea" not "An Old Man Came Courting Me." It's on Bird in the Bush. Don't have time now to check DT or post my words. Gotta run out the door to work. Later!

Llewtrah's name is Sarah and she also has a website devoted to cats. In real life she's a software quality assurance person. Writes wonderfully bawdy stuff, too.

Bat Goddess


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: Catrin
Date: 21 Nov 00 - 11:36 AM

Bat Goddess - Llewtrah wrote the last lay of Matty Groves which I posted earlier. Very clever.


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: MMario
Date: 21 Nov 00 - 11:28 AM

*sob* She doesn't remember me...of course you did spend most of the time talking with cousin Nigel while I spoke with Lyra. Frank/Nigel says he's mailing a tape off to you today - I am - at KRF as here "MMario" Do you want the knight and the unicorn song?


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: GUEST,katjiek@yahoo.com
Date: 21 Nov 00 - 11:17 AM

ah - 'an old man came courting me - hey, ding-doorum down - an old man came courting me - me being young..." yes? that is called 'maids when you're young' and we already perform the song in two of our shows... unless it's not the song i'm thinking of? if it isn't - what are the lyrics? i always like a song mocking the elderly and their lack of sexual prowess... tee-hee. i'm in such a weird mood. k


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: GUEST,katjiek@yahoo.com
Date: 21 Nov 00 - 11:13 AM

hey alex- yes... i would be interested in talking to you about that book - what songs are contained in it? email me... kate


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 21 Nov 00 - 11:10 AM

Oh, other recordings to find include "Bird In the Bush" on Topic, a compilation (Frankie Armstrong, Anne Briggs, A.L. Lloyd) of English bawdry and Arthur Argo's "A Wee Thread o' Blue" I think only on LP (released late '60s-early '70s). Lovely stuff on both.

Has anyone mentioned "My Husband Has No Courage In Him" and "An Old Man Came Courting Me"?

Bat Goddess


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: GUEST,katjiek@yahoo.com
Date: 21 Nov 00 - 11:09 AM

mmario- yes - it is who you are thinking of. tho' i still have no idea who this is... i will tell lyra that you said 'hi.' kate


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 21 Nov 00 - 11:05 AM

Another of my favorites is Robert Burns' "Nine Inch Will Please a Lady" -- fer gawd's sake don't listen to the version on the recent Merry Muses of Caledonia CD. Haven't a clue as to where they got the melody.

Ed Cray's books are a good source. (The Erotic Muse) He also wrote a few bawdy ballad books in the '60s anonymously and under the name of (damn! I can't remember and the book is misfiled). D'Urfey's Pills to Purge Melancholy, of course, for period pieces. (As well as all the "When Dalliance Was In Flower" LPs mentioned above.)

Joe Bettencourt (Ioseph of Locksley) has several great collections on-line for SCA use.

There is also a bawdy song list. PM me and I'll send you sign up info. There's a lovely Brit lady named Llewtrah whose hobby is collecting rugby songs and writing parodies, sometimes of traditional songs. She posts quite often.

Bat Goddess


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 21 Nov 00 - 10:24 AM

I reckon there are some good bawdy playground songs as well - and sung with a kids style smutty giggle makes them even funnier

Part of an Oldham Tinkers playground set -

My brother Billy's got a ten foot willy
and he showed it to the girl next door.
She thought it was a snake and she hit it with a rake
and now it's only five foot four...

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: Help: Help finding 'bawdy ballads?'
From: Mrrzy
Date: 21 Nov 00 - 10:10 AM

OOh, I have a lot of Oscar Brand's Bawdy Songs and Backroom Ballads but I never heard of this seafaring one! I always learn something here, gotta love it...


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