Bee Baw Babbity
DESCRIPTION: "Bee baw babbity," choose "a lassie or a wee laddie," or bounce a ball. "Kneel down, kiss the ground, Kiss a bonny wee lassie." "I widna hae a lassie-o, I'd rather hae a wee laddie"
EARLIEST DATE: 1917 (GreigDuncan8)
KEYWORDS: courting nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
GreigDuncan8 1590, "Bee Boh Babbity" (1 text, 1 tune)
Opie-Game 42, "Bee Baw Babbity" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [96 words]: GreigDuncan8: "See [GreigDuncan8] 1717 'Bob at his Bowster' ['Babbity Bowster'] for the adult form."
Roud lumps this with "Babbity Bowster." A verse of "Babbity Bowster" -- "Kneel down, kiss the ground, Kiss a bonny wee lassie" -- sometimes survives unchanged in "Bee Baw Babbity." I have split them because "Bee Baw Babbity" has lost the distinguishing pattern of "Babbity Bowster": who gave/taught you something? My minnie.
Opie-Game has the nonsense first line, "Bee baw babbity," come from "Babity Bowster, brawly," which, in turn, comes from "Country Bumpkin brawly." - BS
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