Calico Printer's Clerk, The
DESCRIPTION: In Manchester, the singer met Dorothy Drew at a ball in 1863. They danced and while "doing Varsoviana [he said] "I love you." While she visited "a near relation" he read that she had married -- "danced away with" -- "Jones, a calico printer's clerk"
AUTHOR: Harry Clifton (source: GreigDuncan8)
EARLIEST DATE: 1865 (broadside, Bodleian Firth b.27(412))
KEYWORDS: courting infidelity love marriage dancing
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan8 1900, "The Calico Printer's Clerk" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
Bodleian, Firth b.27(412), "Calico Printer's Clerk" ("In Manchester, that city"), The Poet's Box (Glasgow), 1865; also Harding B 16(180a), "The Calico Printer's Clerk"
cf. "Rock the Cradle, John" (tune, per GreigDuncan8)
NOTES: GreigDuncan8 is only the chorus; broadside Bodleian Firth b.27(412) is the basis for the description. - BS
For background on Harry Clifton (1824-1872), see the notes to "The Good Ship Kangaroo." - RBW
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