Flowering Trade, The

DESCRIPTION: "Oh, I hear that the flowering has become a good trade, The girls in this country their fortune is made, When they rise in the morning their spirits are low, And the very first race to the tay-pot they go." Fortified by Tay, they look forward to marriage
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 2010 (Graham/Holmes; the broadside is dated c. 1850)
KEYWORDS: work drink clothes
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Graham/Holmes 26, "The Flowering Trade" (1 short text, 1 tune); p. 276, "A New Song Called The Flowering Trade" (a reprint of the Alex Mayne broadside)
Roud #22781
NOTES [38 words]: Graham/Holmes explains that "flowering" is embroidery. I find myself wondering if this song might not be composite; it's mostly about drink and marriage, with "flowering" mentioned only in the first verse of the broadside. - RBW
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