Wee Falorie Man, The
DESCRIPTION: "I am the wee falorie man A rattling roving Irishman. I can do all that ever you can." Sister Mary Ann "washes her face in the frying pan And she goes to hunt for a man." "I am a good old working man Each day I carry a wee tin can" with a bun and ham.
EARLIEST DATE: 1952 (_Rann Magazine_ Summer 1952, according Roud); 1870s (recorded by Anne Gilchrist, according Opie-Game)
KEYWORDS: work food nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(England(Lond,North)) Ireland
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Hammond-Belfast, p. 13, "The Wee Falorie Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
Opie-Game 116, "Wee Melodie Man" (4 texts, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Peter and Iona Opie, _I Saw Esau: Traditional Rhymes of Youth_, #48, "(Sam, Sam, Dirty Old Man)" (3 short texts, one in the body and two in the notes, showing much range but seemingly indicating that there is a floating verse on which several songs of this sort are built)
NOTES [102 words]: Also collected and sung by David Hammond, "The Wee Falorie Man" (on David Hammond, "I Am the Wee Falorie Man: Folk Songs of Ireland," Tradition TCD1052 CD (1997) reissue of Tradition LP TLP 1028 (1959))
Sean O Boyle, notes to David Hammond, "I Am the Wee Falorie Man: Folk Songs of Ireland": "The word 'falorie' is not of Gaelic origin, but probably derives from the English word 'forlorn,' which in rural Ulster is pronounced 'fa-loorn' and is associated not only with lonliness, but with mystery. The song is used in a singing game by the children of Belfast."
Roud has the first Opie-Game text as #13175. - BS
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