DESCRIPTION: "I wad sing a sang to you, Gin ye waur not a whig" about Geordie's burnt wig. "Fan he saw the wig was sung" he "flang't to the fire"
EARLIEST DATE: 1908 (GreigDuncan1)
KEYWORDS: clothes humorous nonballad political royalty hair
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan1 122, "Geordie's Wig" (1 text)
NOTES: GreigDuncan1: "[The singer's] mother used to sing the following -- a sort of nursery-song. She wonders if [it] be a bit of a Jacobite song. Sir Walter Scott makes someone say that Geordie flung his periwig into the fire when he heard of the Porteous Riot." - BS
I might speculate, instead, that it might be about George I's relationship with his wife. She was unfaithful to him, and he divorced and imprisoned her. (For background on this, see the notes to "Came Ye O'er Frae France.") But this is wild speculation. - RBW
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