King Takes the Queen, The

DESCRIPTION: "The King will take the Queen, But the Queen will take the knave, And since we're in good company, More liquor let us have. Here's to you, Tom Brown, and to you me jolly soul." As cards take cards, so each reminds the singer of a happy life
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1839 (broadside, Bodleian Firth b.25(96))
KEYWORDS: drink cards nonballad game
FOUND IN: Britain(England(North,South),Scotland(Aber)) Ireland
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Kennedy 283, "Tam Broon" (1 text, 1 tune)
GreigDuncan3 571, "Tam Broon" (1 text, 1 tune)
Kidson-Tunes, pp. 159-160, "The Card Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
Tunney-StoneFiddle, pp. 64-66, "Tam Brown" (1 text)
Silber-FSWB, p. 232, "Tom Brown" (1 text)

Roud #884
BROADSIDES:
Bodleian, Firth b.25(96), "Tom Brown" ("The deuce take the cards, for they give me the gripes"), J. Catnach (London), 1813-1838
LOCSinging, sb40522a, "Tom Brown" ("The King will take the Queen"), H. De Marsan (New York), 1859-1860

ALTERNATE TITLES:
With All My Heart
The Card Song
The Cards
The Two Beats the One
NOTES: Tunney-StoneFiddle has the song in a Mummers' Play.
Broadside LOCSinging sb40522a: H. De Marsan dating per Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site. - BS
Last updated in version 3.0
File: FSWB232

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List

Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography

The Ballad Index Copyright 2016 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.