DESCRIPTION: Three German (air) officers ask the landlady if she has a daughter who will sleep with them. The mother says her daughter is much too fine; the girl protests she is not.
EARLIEST DATE: 1928 (Colcord)
KEYWORDS: bawdy landlord sex mother soldier
FOUND IN: Australia Canada US(MW,So,SW)
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Cray, pp. 379-384, "Snapoo" (3 texts, 1 tune)
Randolph-Legman I, pp. 308-311, "Snapoo" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Bronner-Eskin2 71, "Snapoo" (1 text, 1 tune)
Colcord, pp. 110-111, "Mademoiselle from Armetieres" (1 text plus an excerpt, 1 tune)
Gilbert, pp. 73-74, "Snap Poo" (1 text)
cf. "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" (tune) and references there
cf. "Mademoiselle from Armentieres" (approximate tune; theme)
cf. "Brave Marin (Brave Sailor)" (approximate tune)
cf. "Little Red Train"
cf. "Johnny the Sailor (Green Beds)" [Laws K36] (plot)
NOTES [80 words]: For the relationship of this item to "Mademoiselle from Armentieres," see the notes to that song.
The word "Snapoo" occurs in a thing called the "Non-Committal Song," listed to a "German Air," and coming from the election of 1840. And it fits the "Armentieres/Snapoo" tune. This would seem to imply that "Snapoo" goes all the way back to 1840. For the song, which begins "A Dutchman came over from Kinderhook -- snapoo," see Lawrence, p. 279. Kinderhook was Van Buren's home. - RBW
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