She Lives With Her Own Granny Dear (She Lives With Her Own Grenadier)
DESCRIPTION: William returns from sea and asks if Annette is true. He is told she lives with "her own grannie dear." He hears that as "her own grenadier" When Annette greets him he confronts her. She admits that "my granny is old, So I live with my own granny dear"
EARLIEST DATE: before 1839 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 15(282b))
KEYWORDS: courting accusation humorous wordplay family
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan7 1511, "Grannie Dear" (1 text)
Bodleian, Harding B 15(282b), "She Lives With Her Own Granny Dear" ("Cri'd william, when just come from sea"), J. Catnach (London), 1813-1838; also Harding B 11(4290), Johnson Ballads 1834, Johnson Ballads 273, Harding B 15(283a), Harding B 15(283b), Harding B 15(284a), Harding B 15(284b), Harding B 40(26a), Harding B 40(26a), Harding B 11(1393), Firth b.26(332), Harding B 16(248a), Firth b.25(227), Harding B 11(3491), "She Lives With her Own Granny[,] Dear"; Firth b.25(303), Harding B 11(2579), "My Own Granny Dear"; Harding B 15(129b), "Her Own Granny Dear"
NOTES: There are two (e.g., Firth b.26(332)) and three (e.g., Harding B 15(282b)) stanza broadside versions. Though it is missing some lines, GreigDuncan7 follows the three stanza version. Some, e.g., Harding B 11(2579), have a chorus: "Grenadier! did you say? did you say Grenadier, Yes, yes, the old gossip replied, She lives with her old Granny Dear."
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