Up the Streets and Down the Streets
DESCRIPTION: "Up the streets and down the streets And in a narrow planting, Isn't (name) a nice young lassie? Isn't (name) as nice as she? They shall be married And they shall agree.... It's love... and don't say 'nay.' Next Monday morning is her wedding day."
EARLIEST DATE: 1930 (Flanders/Brown); for a possible earlier citation in _Gammer Gurton's Garland_ see the NOTES
KEYWORDS: love playparty nonballad
FOUND IN: US(NE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Flanders/Brown, p. 189, "Up the Streets and Down the Streets" (1 text)
Opie-Game 26, "Up the Street and Down the Street" (6 texts)
cf. "Up the Street, Down the Street" (lyrics)
NOTES [76 words]: The first line of this is commonplace. Gammer Gurton's Garland (1784) has a piece beginning "Up street and down street," but continues "Each window's made of glass; If you go to Tom Tickler's house, you'll find a pretty lass. Hug her and kiss her and take her on your knee...." Related? Hard to say. It is Opie-Oxford2 491, "Up Street and down street" (1 text).
Newell's #72 uses a similar line to start a race; see "Up the Street, Down the Street." - RBW
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