Knickerbocker Line, The
DESCRIPTION: The earliest versions seem to involve a man who became involved with a seamstress who later stole his watch. In the U.S. this plot seems to have disappeared, replaced by sundry nonsense. The references to the Knickerbocker Line seems diagnostic
EARLIEST DATE: 1911 (but FSCatskills, p. 550, points to a probable parody from 1859)
KEYWORDS: nonsense robbery courting
FOUND IN: Britain(England(Lond,West),Scotland(Aber,High)) US(MA) Australia
REFERENCES (6 citations):
Kennedy 323, "The Knickerbocker Line" (1 text, 1 tune)
FSCatskills 146, "The Knickerbocker Line" (2 texts, 2 tunes, plus a text of a published antecedant)
Meredith/Anderson, p. 195, "The Knickerbocker Line" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: John MacShannon,"Knickerbocker Line," School of Scottish Studies Archive SA1962.062,Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches accessed 7 January 2013 from http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/fullrecord/12560/1
Lucy Stewart, "Jeannie's Aa the Go," School of Scottish Studies Archive SA1960.141,Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches accessed 7 January 2013 from http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/fullrecord/54685/1
ST K323 (Partial)
cf. "The Great Northern Line" (tune & meter)
cf. "The Dogger Bank" (tune, chorus, meter, and references there)
NOTES: GreigDuncan6 1102F is labelled "The Knickerboker Line" [sic] for no apparent reason. It is [correctly] included among the entries for GreigDuncan6 1102, "Blow Ye Winds, Ay Oh" in "Ten Thousand Miles Away."
See the discussion of the second chorus of Sam Larner's song at "The Dogger Bank."
FSCatskills p.548: "On this we can be quite definite. The Knickerbocker Line ran in New York City on a known route. Its mode of conveyance was a horse-drawn omnibus. Its heyday was reached in 1859, when the song about it was written." - BS
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