Down Among the Coals

DESCRIPTION: "My Jemima was in service once, At a house in Hoxton square, She never got out and so I used To go and court her there..." where "Jemima often had to hide me In amongst the coals." Once, thinking it is Jemimah, he kisses the mistress in the dark
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1938 (Korson-MinstrelsOfTheMinePatch)
KEYWORDS: love courting oldmaid humorous
FOUND IN: US(MA)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Korson-MinstrelsOfTheMinePatch, p. 288, "(no title)" (1 fragment, assumed to be this because it has the chorus "Down Among the Coals" and mentions Jemima)
Roud #24459
BROADSIDES:
Bodleian, Firth c.14(313)=Harding B 11(954), "Down among the coals," J. Harkness (Preston), 1840-1866; also Firth b.27(213), "Down among the coal," unknown (n.d.) [mostly illegible]; also 2806 b.10(222), "Down among the coal," unknown (n.d.)
NOTES [17 words]: This sounds like a music hall song to me, but I can't prove it, and it seems a little early for that. - RBW
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File: KMMP288B

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