Going to Chelsea to Buy a Bun
DESCRIPTION: The singer meets a girl and introduces himself as Harmless James. When she asks to be left alone and refuses his invitation to the Bun House he follows her through the fields until she yields. They marry the next day and she has a fine son.
EARLIEST DATE: before 1829 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 25(753))
KEYWORDS: courting seduction wedding childbirth
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan7 1352, "The Fair Maid of Chelsea" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
Bodleian, Harding B 25(753), "Going to Chelsea to Buy a Bun" ("As I was going to Chelsea one day"), T. Birt (London), 1828-1829; also 2806 c.19(12), "Going to Chelsea to Buy a Bun"
Leave Me Alone
NOTES: GreigDuncan7 is a fragment; broadside Bodleian Harding B 25(753) is the basis for the description. - BS
So was the guy buying a bun, or looking to put one in the oven?
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