Sow's Tail to Geordie, The
DESCRIPTION: Geordie [George I] meets a sow. At every action Geordie takes she makes a fool of him and shows him her tail: he wears turnips on his head, she pulls them down; he invites her to dance, she flaunts her buttocks; she beats him at a race, and so on.
EARLIEST DATE: 1819 (Hogg1)
KEYWORDS: humorous political Jacobites animal food dancing racing
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Hogg1 55, "The Sow's Tail to Geordie" (1 text, 1 tune)
GreigDuncan1 121, "The Soo's Tail to Geordie" (2 texts, 1 tune)
NOTES [118 words]: Hogg1: "All this gibing and fun about the sow and Geordie, that runs through so many of the songs of that period, without explanation must appear rather inexplicable; but from whatever cause it may have originated, it is evident that the less that is said about it the better."
GreigDuncan1: "... 'the soo' being one of George I's mistresses, Madame Schulemberg, Duchess of Kendal, or Madame Kilmausegge, Countess of Darlington - Hogg apparently thinks the latter." - BS
I incline the same way. Schulemberg was so thin that she was called "the maypole"; Kilmausegge was so heavy that she was called "the goose" or "the elephant." For more about this two, see e.g. the notes to "Came Ye O'er Frae France." - RBW
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