DESCRIPTION: The singer picks up Betsy Brown in his cart. "Courting," he can't control the cart and gets into trouble with the police for breaking things. He sells the cart to pay the fine. Later he is hauled into court by Betsy for child support. They marry.
EARLIEST DATE: before 1867 (broadside, Bodleian Firth b.28(14a))
KEYWORDS: courting marriage bastard crash
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan7 1451, "Betsy Brown" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
Bodleian, Firth b.28(14a), "Betsy Brown" or "Riding in a Cart" ("As I walked out one rainy day"), J. Harkness (Preston), 1840-1866; also Firth b.34(39), "Betsy Brown" or "Riding in a Cart"; Harding B 11(259),"Betsy Brown"
NOTES: GreigDuncan7 is a fragment; broadside Bodleian Firth b.28(14a) is the basis for the description. - BS
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