Roger the Ploughboy
DESCRIPTION: Roger meets milk-maid Sue. He would take her to the fair to buy hair ribbons. She eventually agrees. In a grove "he gave her a ribbon to roll up her hair." She said it could not be bought at a fair. They marry. "Roger continues to roll up her hair"
EARLIEST DATE: before 1886 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(2578))
KEYWORDS: love marriage seduction
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Reeves-Circle 141, "Young Johnny Was a Ploughboy" (1 text)
Paddy Tunney, "The Lark in the Morning" (on Voice05) [a mixture of "The Lark in the Morning" and "Roger the Ploughboy"]
Bodleian, Harding B 11(2578), "Roger the Ploughboy" ("Young Roger the ploughboy was a crafty young swain"), H., Such (London), 1863-1885; also Firth b.34(258)[some words are illegible], "Roger the Ploughboy"; 2806 c.16(113), "Roger the Plow Boy"
NOTES [61 words]: The description is based on broadside Bodleian Harding B 11(2578).
See recording Paddy Tunney, "The Lark in the Morning" (on Voice05). The first verse is a fragment of "The Lark in the Morning"; the second is a fragment of "Roger the Ploughboy." - BS
Is it just me, or does this sound like someone is trying to stick a happy ending on "Oh, Dear, What Can the Matter Be?"
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