Gay Caballero, The

DESCRIPTION: The gay caballero meets a gay senorita who gives him "exceedingly painful clapito" that results in a doctor cutting off the end of his "latraballee" and one of his "latraballeros." (In another version, her husband arrives, with predictable results)
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1927
KEYWORDS: bawdy humorous disease
FOUND IN: Australia Britain(England) US(So,SW)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Cray, pp. 231-235, "The Gay Caballero" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Randolph-Legman I, pp. 492-493, "The Gay Caballero" (1 text, 1 tune)
Logsdon 29, pp. 169-172, "The Gay Caballero" (2 texts, 1 tune)
DT, GAYCAB

Roud #10095
RECORDINGS:
Frank Crumit, "The Gay Caballero" (Victor 21735, 1928) [a cleaned-up version, needless to say]
Lazy Larry, "The Gay Caballero" (Cameo 9019, 1929) [presumably a cleaned-up version]

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Fire Ship" (plot) and references there
cf. "Root, Hog, or Die (VI -- Cowboy Bawdy variant)" (theme of disease destroying sexual organs)
cf. "Cielito Lindo" (tune) and references there
NOTES: Logsdon's two texts, both from Riley Neal, have no words in common except "gay caballero"; one is a song about acquiring a veneral disease; in the other, the woman's husband shows up. Based solely on the texts, they are different songs. But Neal used the same tune, and both are in limerick form. I thought seriously about splitting them. But the "B" text, about the husband, is relatively clean. I suspect it might be a version for semi-polite company. So I'm lumping them, tentatively, until more data appears. - RBW
File: EM231

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