I Won't Be My Father's Jack

DESCRIPTION: "I won't be my father's jack, I won't be my (mother's/father's) (Jill/Gill), I will be the fiddler's wife And have music when I will. T'other little tune, T'other little tune, Prithee, love, play me T'other little tune."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1767 (Newberry, _Mother Goose's Melody_)
KEYWORDS: music courting father mother nonballad
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REFERENCES (2 citations):
Opie-Oxford2 257, "I won't be my father's Jack" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #40, p. 54, "(I won't be my Father's Jack)"

NOTES: I've never met this as a genuine traditional song, as opposed to a nursery rhyme, but I heard it sung *somewhere* (the version in my head sounds like Peter Paul & Mary, I'm sorry to say), so I'm putting it in just in case. - RBW
File: BGMG040

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