Hop Along Sister Mary (I)
DESCRIPTION: "You'll have to be the lover of an undertaker's daughter If you want to get a coffin when you die. Hop along, sister (Mary/Molly), hop along. Hop along, hop along, Hop along, sister Mary, hop along"
EARLIEST DATE: 1919 (Brown/Schinhan-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore5)
KEYWORDS: burial humorous derivative
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Brown/Schinhan-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore5 732, "Hop Along" (1 short text, 1 tune)
cf. "Hop Along Sister Mary (II)" (chorus)
NOTES [67 words]: The description is based on the Brown/Schinhan-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore5 fragment.
Schinhan says that this is a parody of the church song "You Must Be a Lover of the Lord, If You Want to Go to Heaven When You Die." I suspect there may be an intermediate stage -- a serious song about Sister Mary -- but I haven't seen one. See, however, "Hop Along Sister Mary (II)," which also has this chorus. - RBW
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