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Lyr Req: Keep Your Hand on Your Ha'penny (Glasgow)

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Subject: Lyr Req: Keep Your Hand On Your Ha'penny
From: GUEST,Mad for trad
Date: 06 May 06 - 10:37 AM

Any words for this song? Keep your hand on your ha'penny, Cover it o're with your hand.


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Subject: Lyr Add: KEEP YOUR 'AND ON YOUR 'A'PENNY (Glasgow)
From: DMcG
Date: 06 May 06 - 11:32 AM

It's another Alex Glasgow one. Working from memory:


When Molly began to go courting,
Her mother was anxious to tell
He certain young fellas would want her
To stray down the pathway to 'ell
So Molly's old ma used to say:

Keep your 'and on your 'appenny,
Cover it well with your palm
Keep your 'and on your 'appenny,
And Molly will come to no harm.

They'll hug you and kiss you so sweetly
They make you feel ever so nice
But 'andle the fellas discretely
And follow this simple advice:

Keep your 'and ...

When Molly and I went out courting,
I told her she'd nothing to fear
But down in the covers last Sunday
I whispered these words in her ear:

Take your 'and off your 'appenny
Look into my bonny blue eyes
Take your 'and off your 'appenny
And I'll give you - a lovely surprise!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keep Your Hand On Your Ha'penny
From: DMcG
Date: 06 May 06 - 11:47 AM

On balance, it is probably 'covert' rather than 'covers'; woodland being more likely than a cricket pitch!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keep Your Hand on Your Ha'penny (Glasgow)
From: GUEST,Baz
Date: 03 Mar 09 - 09:59 AM

Does anyone know a tune for 'Keep Your Hand On Your Ha'penny'? I use a simple three chord rythm in Waltz time, but would like something better


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keep Your Hand on Your Ha'penny (Glasgow)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Mar 09 - 09:04 PM

This phrase is probably unfamiliar to non-Brits.

Here's the entry from Eric Partridge & Paul Beale, "A Dictionary of Catch Phrases" (2nd edition – London: Routledge, 1986):
    Keep your hand on your ha'penny (till the right man turns up) is 'an old piece of advice to an unmarried girl' (Petch, 1969): c. 1880-1970, but little used since c. 1960. Lit. 'Keep your hand over your genitals until...' The orig. is of linguistic interest, for Grose, 1785, has money, as in a domestic nurse's admonition to a female child, 'You're showing your money', in the sense 'vulva'. There is a var., three penny bit; and the expression acquired a secondary meaning: 'Be careful or you'll find yourself expensively involved': C20; by 1970, ob. (Skehan, 1977.)
The phrase occurs in H.E. Bates' novel, "The Darling Buds of May", 1958:
    'See you soon!' she waved. 'Any time,' Pop said. He laughed merrily. 'Don't do anything I wouldn't do. Keep your hand on your ha'penny ...'


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keep Your Hand on Your Ha'penny (Glasgow)
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Mar 09 - 11:45 PM

Thanks for that, Jim.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keep Your Hand on Your Ha'penny (Glasgow)
From: Michael
Date: 05 Mar 09 - 04:54 AM

Inflationary note:-

I only know the phrase, with same meaning, as "Keep your hands on ypur tuppence"

Mike


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