Lass's Wardrobe, The
DESCRIPTION: A young lady was vain about her clothes (her ragged garments are listed) and no lad would take her. The miller wouldn't after she lost her silver. "An' noo she lives 'erlane in a garret Wi' nae and but a cat an' a parrot." "Be nae big aboot your claes"
EARLIEST DATE: 1843 (Whitelaw-Song); before 1845 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(2946))
KEYWORDS: clothes oldmaid
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Greig #17, pp. 1-2, "The Aul' Maid" (1 text)
GreigDuncan7 1372, "Nae Bonnie Laddie Wad Tak Her Awa" (7 texts, 4 tunes)
Whitelaw-Song, p. 126, "The Lass's Wardrobe" (1 text)
Bodleian, Harding B 11(2946), "The Lass's Wardrobe" ("A lass lived down by yon burn-braes"), W. Fordyce (Newcastle), 1828-1837; also Harding B 25(1082), "The Lass's Wardrobe"; Harding B 17(161a), "The Lassie's Wardrobe"
NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(26a), "The Lassie's Wardrobe" ("A lass lived down by yon burn-braes"), unknown, c.1890; also RB.m.143(148), "The Lassie's Wardrobe"
cf. "Nae Bonnie Laddie tae Tak' Me Away (I)" (theme)
cf. "Queen Mary" (theme)
The Aul' Maid
NOTES: Ford, re "Nae Bonnie Laddie tae Tak' Me Away (I)": "A piece with a similar burden, but written in the second person, bearing the title of "The Lass's Wardrobe," may be seen in No. 175 of Chamber's Journal, which is said to have been written by an unmarried lady as a kind of burlesque of her own habits and history. It clearly suggests this song, or this suggested it." "Queen Mary" is another second person song with the same theme but sharing no lines with "The Lass's Wardrobe." Whitelaw considered both songs to be the same. - BS
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