Rakes of Mallow, The
DESCRIPTION: "Beauing, belleing, dancing, drinking, Breaking windows, damning, sinking, Ever raking, never thinking, Live the rakes of Mallow." This self-centered life continues until "they get sober, take a wife, Ever after live in strife"
EARLIEST DATE: 1839 (Croker-PopularSongs)
KEYWORDS: drink party wine rake
REFERENCES (3 citations):
O'Conor, p. 93, "The Rakes of Mallow" (1 text)
Croker-PopularSongs, pp. 249-250, "The Rakes of Mallow" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: H. Halliday Sparling, Irish Minstrelsy (London, 1888), pp. 483-484, 514, "The Rakes of Mallow"
cf. "Sandy Lent the Man His Mull" (tune, according to Croker-PopularSongs)
Old Parson Brown ("Not long ago, in our town") (WolfAmericanSongSheets p. 116)
NOTES [93 words]: Croker-PopularSongs: "In 1750, Dr Smith thus describes Mallow, which was then a very fashionable watering-place:'... Here is generally a resort of good company during the summer months, both for pleasure and the benefit of drinking the waters....'"
Sparling: "Eighteenth century. The 'Rakes' were the sons of the Protestant gentlemen who frequented the 'waters' of Mallow." - BS
Broadside Bodleian, Harding B 40(11), "The Rakes of Mallow" ("Beauing, belling dancing, drinking"), J.F. Nugent and Co.? (Dublin?), 1850-1899 could not be downloaded and verified. - BS
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