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Abby Sale 29 May 05 - 11:24 AM
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Subject: happy? - May 29
From: Abby Sale
Date: 29 May 05 - 11:24 AM

Some wedding or other was committed 5/29/1966. But each year we find some small relief in singing this song:

        When I was a bachelor,
        I led a merry life,
        But now I am a married man,
        And troubled with a wife.
        I cannot do as I have done,
        Because I live in fear;
        If I but go to Islington,
        My wife is watching there.
                Give me my yellow hose again,
                Give me my yellow hose
                For now my wife she watcheth me,
                See yonder where she goes.
"Give Me My Yellow Hose," sung by Ewan MacColl, Broadside Ballads, Vol 2, Folkways, 1961. From the Roxburghe Collection. Yellow hose were typical clothes for a bon vivant in the hot Islington section of London In the late 1500's/early 1600's. The tune is mentioned in Twelfth Night and the text is quoted in Burton, 1621.

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