Now All You Lads
DESCRIPTION: "Now all you lads that go a-courting, Mind which way you choose a wife, For if you marry my wife's sister, You'll be a beggar for the rest of your life. Twenty, eighteen, sixteen, fourteen...."
EARLIEST DATE: 1977 (CopperSeason)
KEYWORDS: courting marriage begging humorous
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
CopperSeason, p. 226, "Now All You Lads" (1 short text, 1 tune)
cf. "Wheel of Fortune (Dublin City, Spanish Lady)" (lyrics)
NOTES: I strongly suspect that this is a verse that someone inserted into a "Wheel of Fortune" text as a (stupid) joke which managed to survive on its own. I almost decided to lump them. But since the Coppers are well known, I left it separate. If it vanishes, though, it would be no loss. - RBW
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