My Grandfather Married a Quaker
DESCRIPTION: When Judy "sung like a peacock or starling" the singer introduces himself and offers himself as a husband "so hearty" she's not likely to find such again. "Your coldness puts me in a flame I'll marry you if you have money In spite of my family name"
EARLIEST DATE: 1908 (GreigDuncan4)
KEYWORDS: greed courting money humorous
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan4 820, "My Grandfather Married a Quaker" (1 text)
NOTES [162 words]: The singer claims to have been attracted by Judy's singing which reminds him of two very unmusical birds. He claims that "all meanality I do disdain" but, whatever that may mean, I'm not convinced.
The first verse of GreigDuncan4 is not required for the rest of the text but its sentiments float when it is necessary to establish a seedy environment:
My grandfather married a Quaker,
My uncle made hay wi' a fork,
My mither's a great grand brog maker
In the beautiful city called Cork.
My father sold mouse-traps and rabbits
Pigs, tressle and all other game
Would you know the sweet town he inhabits?
It's jolly Dungavin by name.
Croker reported almost exactly the first four lines of this text for "I Was the Boy for Bewitching Them." For other examples close to this see "My Father's a Hedger and Ditcher," and references there, and "My God, How the Money Rolls In." If the first verse just floated here then it's fair to ask what the title [for the rest] should be. - BS
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