One Thursday Evening
DESCRIPTION: The singer goes to his lover's house but she is not home. He accepts her sister's offer to take him to see her and his rival. He spies on them and leaves when he hears how he is mentioned. He leaves, drinks whisky and leaves Scotland? Courts the sister?
EARLIEST DATE: 1905 (GreigDuncan6)
KEYWORDS: courting infidelity drink sister
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan6 1204, "One Thursday Evening" (3 texts, 2 tunes)
cf. "The Sailor from Dover" (tune, per GreigDuncan6)
NOTES [116 words]: There are a few lines that are puzzling in both of the GreigDuncan6 texts. First, the singer refers to his lover as "gramachree" or "grammochree." In spite of the line "If e'er I return to Scotland again," this naming seems Irish (see "Gay Girl Marie" [Laws M23] and "Gra Geal Mo Chroi (II -- Down By the Fair River)" and other "Gramachree ..." broadsides (none of which, that I have seen, are this song). Second, maybe the "Scotland" reference is an add-on since it doesn't seem to make sense in this context ("But if ever I return to Scotland again From England from Ireland from France and from Spain I'll do my endeavor to alter my cause In case that new incomes may strike up new laws"). - BS
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