DESCRIPTION: The singer's wife left and before she returned "Tammie gart [made] my tail toddle [totter]." Neither dead, nor sick, "when I'm weel, I step about, An Tammie ..." Wedding guests gave coins; the bride says "o'er little For to mend a broken doddle [penis]"
EARLIEST DATE: 1796 (according to Farmer)
KEYWORDS: sex bawdy nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
GreigDuncan8 1716, "Tail Toddle" (2 texts)
ADDITIONAL: John Stephen Farmer, editor, Merry Songs and Ballads, Prior to the Year 1800 (1897 ("Digitized by Google")), Vol V, p. 253, "Tail Toddle"
NOTES: GreigDuncan8 text count includes one bawdy verse on p. 402: "Lasses gar your tails toddle Spread your houghs [hips] lat in the dodle [penis] That'll gar your tails toddle." The translations are GreigDuncan8's.
Farmer: "[b. 1796] [By Burns; from The Merry Muses of Caledonia (c.1800); tune, Chevalier's Muster-roll]" - BS
Interestingly, neither of my (supposedly) complete editions of Burns lists this song. The material in the "Merry Muses" is anonymous; I do not think Burns's authorship can be proved, although it seems reasonable. - RBW
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