Tattooed Lady, The

DESCRIPTION: "I paid a (franc/bob/shilling) to see a fair tattooed lady...." The rest of the song describes the various sights to be seen on the lady's skin. These are generally localized (e.g. in Australia they see the ANZAC logo), ending with "my home in (wherever)"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (Shay-Barroom)
KEYWORDS: nonballad parody humorous
FOUND IN: Australia US
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Fahey-Eureka, pp. 230-231, "The Tattooed Lady" (1 text, 1 tune)
Shay-Barroom, p. 59, "That Tattooed French Lady" (1 text)
Spaeth-ReadWeep, p. 221, "The Tattooed Lady" (1 text)

Roud #9622
NOTES [31 words]: Listed as a parody on "My Home in Tennessee," and the American versions seem to support that claim. The Australian version, however, could have picked up its tune from "Les Darcy." - RBW
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File: FaE230

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