Weaver (I), The
DESCRIPTION: A weaver roves out and meets a pretty maid carrying a loom under her apron. Upon learning the man's trade, she asks him to weave upon her loom. The remaining verses feature sexual exploits euphemized as various weaving techniques and patterns.
EARLIEST DATE: 1958 (Fowke-Ontario)
KEYWORDS: weaving seduction bawdy
FOUND IN: Canada(Ont)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Fowke/MacMillan 61, "The Weaver" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fowke-Ontario 13, "The Weaver" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT, THE WEAVR*
O.J. Abbott, "The Weaver" (on ONEFowke01)
NOTES: According to Fowke, the song would date from the pre-industrial era when handloom weavers traveled from town to town weaving yarn that housewives had spun.
Fowke says the ballad was collected by O.J. Abbott from learned from a Dan Leahy in Marchurst, Ontario in 1890. A ten-stanza version appears in the 19th century Jones-Conklin manuscript of an American sailor. - SL
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