Cavalilly Man, The
DESCRIPTION: "As from Newcastle I did pass, I heard a blythe and bonny lass That in the Scottish army was, Say, 'Prithee let me gang with thee, man.'" She begs her Cavalier to let her come with him
EARLIEST DATE: 1670 (The Dancing Master)
KEYWORDS: love separation
FOUND IN: Britain(England)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Chappell/Wooldridge II, pp. 22-27, "Cavalilly Man" (1 tune, partial text)
cf. "The Banks of the Nile (Men's Clothing I'll Put On II)" [Laws N9] (plot) and references there
Hi-ho, my heart it is light/The Well-shaped West-Country Lass (BBI ZN1153)
Hie hoe, pray what shall I do/Roger, the West Country Lad (BBI ZN1154)
From the tap in the guts of the honourable stump/A Litany from Geneva (BBI ZN936)
NOTES [82 words]: The text in Chappell/Woolridge is incomplete, so it is impossible to tell if this is actually a cross-dressing song along the lines of "The Banks of the Nile." The plot, however, is obviously similar.
The reference to a "Cavalilly" (i.e. a Cavalier) is clearly a reference to the Cavaliers, supporters of Charles I in the English Civil War of the 1640s.
This is another song which cannot be shown to exist in tradition. Its use for several broadsides, however, argues for its presence here. - RBW
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