Kiss Me in the Dark
DESCRIPTION: To save her reputation, Sally tells sailor William she will only kiss him in the dark. The captain hears and goes in William's place. William and Sally marry three months later. She has a baby six months after that. The captain is godfather. Sally smiles
EARLIEST DATE: before 1852 (broadside, Bodleian Firth c.12(271))
KEYWORDS: courting marriage sex pregnancy trick sailor
Bodleian, Firth c.12(271), "Kiss Me in the Dark" ("Young William was a sailor a handsome roving boy"), S. Russell (Birmingham), 1840-1851; also Firth c.12(272), Firth b.34(160),2806 c.16(211), "Kiss Me in the Dark"
cf. "Irish Molly" (tune, per broadside Bodleian Firth c.12(271))
cf. "The Butcher's Daughter" (theme: sex and disguise by darkness)
cf. "Jack the Jolly Tar (I) (Tarry Sailor)" [Laws K40] (theme: sex and disguise by darkness)
cf. "Jack Simpson the Sailor" (theme: sex and disguise by darkness)
cf. "The Frolicksome Farmer" (theme: the hazards of sex in the dark)
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