Cobbler, Cobbler, Where's My Shoe

DESCRIPTION: "Cobbler, cobbler, mend my shoe, Yes, good master, that I'll do; Here's my awl and wax and thread, And now your shoe is quite mended."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1807 (Original Ditties for the Nursery, according to Opie-Oxford2)
KEYWORDS: clothes playparty
FOUND IN: West Indies(Jamaica)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Opie-Oxford2 103, "Cobbler, cobbler, mend my shoe" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #585, p. 235, "(Cobbler, cobbler, mend my shoe)"
Dolby, p. 29, "Cobbler, Cobbler, Mend My Shoe" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Martha Warren Beckwith and Helen Roberts, _Folk-Games of Jamaica_ (Poughkeepsie: Vassar College, 1922 ("Digitized by Internet Archive")) #23 p. 30, "Hunt the Slipper" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #12749
NOTES: It appears, from Halliwell, that this was a song used to induce children to put on their shoes. The Opies suggest a connection with the "Hunt the Slipper" game, and obviously the Beckwith/Roberts title supports this. - RBW
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