Behave Yoursel' Before Folk
DESCRIPTION: The girl says "Behave yoursel' before folk." She would not be kissed in public though "it wadna gie me meikle pain, Gin we were seen and heard by nane." "I tak' it sair amiss To be teazed before folk." If you insist "get a license frae the priest"
AUTHOR: Alexander Rodger (1784-1846)
EARLIEST DATE: 1838 (Alexander Rodger, _Poems and Songs_)
KEYWORDS: courting marriage nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (4 citations):
GreigDuncan3 672, GreigDuncan8 Addenda, "Behave Yersel'" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Whitelaw-Song, p. 162, "Behave Yoursel' Before Folk" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Alexander Rodger, Poems and Songs (Glasgow, 1838), pp. 65-68, "Behave Yersel' Before Folk"
Whistle-Binkie [, First Series] (Glasgow, 1846), pp. 40-42, "Behave Yersel'"
cf. "Good Morrow to Your Nightcap" (tune, per Rodger)
cf. "The Mautman" (theme of avoiding public kissing)
NOTES: Apparently broadside Bodleian, 2806 c.11(179), "Behave Yoursel' Before Folk" ("Behave yoursel' before folk"), unknown, no date is this song but I could not download and verify it. - BS
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