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."
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)
Larry Vincent's Pearl Trio, "Roll Me Over" (Pearl 50, c. 1949)
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)
Put Yer Shoulder Next to Mine and Pump Away (File: Hugi508)
Roll Me Over in the Clover
NOTES [57 words]: 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
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