DESCRIPTION: The singer says it's not many days that he asked his mother "if she saw I was growin' a man." His legs and arms are too long for his breeches and coat. He stands "over sixty nine inches in hicht, And my wecht was a creelfu' o' stanes"
EARLIEST DATE: 1880 (_People's Journal_, according to GreigDuncan3)
KEYWORDS: clothes nonballad youth
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan3 653, "Jean Pirie" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: GreigDuncan3 may be a fragment. The editors do not explain the title. - BS
"Pirie" is sometimes used as an alternate spelling of "peerie," "small." So the title may mean "little Jean." Or "peerie" might mean "cunning, sly," in which case it is something like "Tricky Jean," and he's after something (like a girl?). - RBW
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