DESCRIPTION: Isabella, the "Maid of Cooper's Creek ... was courted by a Jerseyman -- she longed to be his bride." He leaves her for one "far prettier" She is left broken hearted at Billy Cooper's "vith a Jersey-blue handkerchief tied under her chin"
AUTHOR: S. S. Sanford (Source: Wolf)
EARLIEST DATE: before 1879 (broadside, LOCSinging sb20228b)
KEYWORDS: courting infidelity love abandonment clothes parody
REFERENCES (1 citation):
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #1111, p. 76, "Jersey-Blue Handkerchief" (2 references)
Bodleian, Harding B 18(659), "Jersey-Blue Handkerchief" ("Come all you vifes and maidens, and attention give to me"), H. De Marsan (New York) , 1864-1878
LOCSinging, sb20228b, "Jersey-Blue Handkerchief," H. De Marsan (New York), 1864-1878
cf. "The Bonny Blue Handkerchief" (basis for parody)
NOTES: This is a parody of "The Bonny Blue Handkerchief," complete with "foreign" accent (for example, "vifes and maidens," "vith a Jersey-blue handkerchief," "'Tis ob the Maid," and so on).
Broadsides LOCSinging sb20228b and Bodleian Harding B 18(659): H. De Marsan dating per Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site.
Broadsides LOCSinging sb20228b and Bodleian Harding B 18(659) are duplicates. - BS
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