Cove that Sings, The

DESCRIPTION: The singer, hearing of "the luck of a 'cove wot writes," believes his own luck better as "a cove wot sings" the comic line. When performing he gets free drink. He gets free food from admirers, free rooms from landladies, and free port from landlords
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1852 (broadside "The Cove Wot Sings," Poet's Box (Glasgow), according to GreigDuncan3)
KEYWORDS: drink food music wine nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan3 563, "The Cove that Sings" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Roud #6034
BROADSIDES:
Bodleian, Firth c.21(6), "The Luck of a Cove Wot Sings" ("No doubt a song you've heard"), unknown, no date
NOTES: "cove" n -s [Romany kova thing, person] slang Brit: MAN, CHAP, FELLOW, BLOKE" (source: Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged (1976))
Apparently broadside Bodleian, Johnson Ballads fol. 143, "I'm One of the Chaps Wot Sings" ("No doubt a song you've heard"), J. Pitts (London), 1819-1844 is this song but I could not download and verify it. - BS
This really sounds like a music hall song to me. - RBW
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File: GrD3563

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