Roll Me Over

DESCRIPTION: The singer begins with number one, "when the fun has just begun," and progressing to number ten, when "it's time to start again."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE:
KEYWORDS: bawdy shanty humorous
FOUND IN: Australia Britain(England) US(ubiquitous) New Zealand
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Cray, pp. 325-327, "Roll Me Over" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Randolph-Legman I, pp. 389-392, "Roll Me Over" (4 texts, 1 tune)

Roud #10133
RECORDINGS:
Larry Vincent's Pearl Trio, "Roll Me Over" (Pearl 50, c. 1949)
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Yo Ho, Yo Ho"
cf. "Drive It On"
cf. "Put Your Shoulder Next to Mine and Pump Away" (tune)
cf. "Kissing Song (II -- She Just Kept Kissing On)" (form)
SAME TUNE:
Put Yer Shoulder Next to Mine and Pump Away (File: Hugi508)
ALTERNATE TITLES:
Roll Me Over in the Clover
NOTES: This is perhaps the most popular formula song in the English language. - EC
Hugill thinks this derived from the shanty "Put Yer Shoulder Next to Mine and Pump Away," with which it shares a tune. I wouldn't be surprised if the kinship goes the other way. Even more likely to be a descendant is "Kissing Song (II -- She Just Kept Kissing On)." - RBW
File: EM325

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