Up to the Rigs

DESCRIPTION: Singer goes to Cheapside in London, where he picks up a girl. He takes her to dinner; she invites him to bed. When she falls asleep, he steals a snuff box, gold watch, diamond ring, and money, then locks her in. He tells men to remember his example
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1851 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 25(1624))
KEYWORDS: courting seduction sex crime theft food trick
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South),Scotland(Aber)), Ireland Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
GreigDuncan2 299, "The Rigs of London" (4 texts, 3 tunes)
Kennedy 192, "Up to the Rigs" (1 text, 1 tune)
Reeves-Sharp 80, "The Rigs of London Town" (1 text)
Wiltshire-WSRO Ox 254, "Up To the Rigs of London Town" (1 text)

Roud #868
RECORDINGS:
Harry Cox, "Up to the Rigs of London Town" (on HCox01)
Raymond Noseworthy, "Up to the Rigs" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
Charlie Wills, "Up to the Rigs [of London Town]" (on FSB2, FSB2CD, Voice07)

BROADSIDES:
Bodleian, Harding B 25(1624), "The Rigs of London Town" ("As I walk'd up London streets one day"), C. Croshaw (York), 1814-1850
ALTERNATE TITLES:
The Rigs of London Town
Cheapside
London Town
NOTES: Tables turned. - PJS
Last updated in version 4.2
File: K192

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List

Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography

The Ballad Index Copyright 2017 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.