Get Up and Bar the Door [Child 275]

DESCRIPTION: Old man and old wife must bar the door; neither wants to. They agree that whoever speaks first shall bar the door. Thieves enter the house, and play tricks on the couple. At last the old (man) cries out; the (wife) orders him orders him to bar the door
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1769 (Herd)
KEYWORDS: humorous robbery bargaining contest
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South),Scotland(Aber)) US(Ap,MW,NE,So) Canada(Mar,Newf)
REFERENCES (27 citations):
Child 275, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (3 texts)
Bronson 275, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (20 versions)
Whitelaw-Song, p. 92, "The Barring o' the Door" (1 text)
GreigDuncan2 321, "The Barrin' o' the Door" (4 texts, 3 tunes) {A=Bronson's #16, B=#11, C=#12}
BarryEckstormSmyth pp. 318-321, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (2 texts, 2 tunes) {Bronson's #17, #10}
Flanders-Ancient4, pp. 72-75, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (1 text, 1 tune)
Ford-Vagabond, pp. 148-150, "The Barrin' o' the Door" (1 text, 1 tune)
Randolph 34, "Get Up and Shut the Door" (2 fragments, 1 tune) {Bronson's #20}
Gardner/Chickering 153, "Arise and Bar the Door" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's #5}
BrownII 43, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (2 texts)
BrownSchinhanIV 43, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (1 excerpt, 1 tune)
Davis-Ballads 44, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (1 fragment, possibly this song)
Creighton/Senior, pp. 92-93, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's #4}
Greenleaf/Mansfield 18, "Joan and John Blount" (1 text)
Peacock, pp. 239-240, "Bar the Door O" (1 text, 1 tune)
Leach, pp. 657-658, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (1 text)
OBB 172, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (1 text)
Niles 58, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (1 text, 1 tune)
Combs/Wilgus 38, pp. 128-129, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (1 text)
JHCox 185, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (1 text)
Hodgart, p. 77, "Get up and Bar the Door" (1 text)
DBuchan 62, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (1 text)
TBB 40, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (1 text)
HarvClass-EP1, pp. 87-88, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (1 text)
DT 275, BARDOOR* BARDOOR2 JHNBLNT BARDOOR4*
ADDITIONAL: James Kinsley, editor, Burns: Complete Poems and Songs (shorter edition, Oxford, 1969) #368, pp. 503-504, "Johnie Blunt" (1 text, 1 tune, from 1792)
ADDITIONAL: James Johnson, Editor, _The Scots Musical Museum_ [1853 edition], volume III, #300, p. 310, "Get up and bar the Door" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's #1}

Roud #115
RECORDINGS:
Mrs Thomas Walters, "Bar the Door O" (on PeacockCDROM)
ALTERNATE TITLES:
The Old Man and the Door
Johnny Blunt
NOTES: Louis Untermeyer, in The Golden Treasury of Poetry, calls this "an old joke with its origins in the Orient." I am guessing that this is a reference to what Child calls "The Arabian tale of Sulayman Bay and the Three STory-Tellers," which is not really Oriental as most of us would mean the term. In any case, there is much dispute over whether this is truly the original of this piece. - RBW
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File: C275

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