Whistling Thief, The
DESCRIPTION: Pat visits Mary and whistles to announce his arrival. Mary's mother hears, and rejects Mary's explanations (the dog is howling at the moon, pigs can see the wind, etc.). The mother forces Mary off to bed, pointing out that she hasn't lost her ears
AUTHOR: Samuel Lover (source: Sparling)
EARLIEST DATE: 1839 (Songs and Ballads)
KEYWORDS: love courting mother
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (6 citations):
SHenry H710, pp. 264-265, "The Whistling Thief" (1 text, 1 tune)
O'Conor, p. 154, "The Whistling Thief" (1 text)
OCroinin-Cronin 179, "The Whistling Thief" (1 text, 1 tune)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #2603, p. 176, "The Whistling Thief"
ADDITIONAL: H. Halliday Sparling, _Irish Minstrelsy_ (London: Walter Scott, 1888), pp. 359-360, 502-503, "The Whistlin' Thief" (1 text)
Bodleian, 2806 b.11(210), "The Whistling Thief," The Poet's box (Glasgow), 1864; also Harding B 11(1366), Firth b.25(430), Harding B 11(4156), Harding B 11(4157), Firth c.20(106), Firth c.26(241), "The Whistling Thief"
LOCSinging, sb40586a, "The Whistling Thief," H. De Marsan (New York), 1861-1864
When Pat Came Over the Hill
NOTES: Broadside LOCSinging sb40586a: H. De Marsan dating per Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site. - BS
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