DESCRIPTION: Duke Hamilton bet five hundred guineas he can go through London singing but not speaking. Though thrown in jail he does not speak. The bailiff's daughter tries but only gets a gold ring. He wins the bet and the bailiff's daughter by singing.
EARLIEST DATE: 1907 (Greig/Duncan2)
KEYWORDS: ring prison gambling music wager
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Greig/Duncan2 324, "Jock Hamilton" (4 texts, 3 tunes)
cf. "A Dashing Young Lad from Buckingham" (plot)
NOTES [91 words]: The chorus, which is the Duke's song, is .".. Tey ey addlety, Tey ey addlety tam; ... Eetify addlety, Tey ey addlety tam." Since "He's won her by singin' song, He's won her by Eetify addlety, Tey ey addlety tam" this seems a case of bawdy words replaced by nonsense sounds (as in Blind Blake's explicit "I wish someone would tell me what 'diddie wa diddie' means"; also see "The Chandler's Wife" and "Jack the Jolly Tar" [Laws K40]).
As closely as this song's plot agrees with "A Dashing Young Lad from Buckingham" the two songs share no text. - BS
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