She Washes the Dishes Three Times a Day
DESCRIPTION: Three verses: she washes dishes, bakes the bread, and washes the chairs three times a day.
EARLIEST DATE: 1828 (Lyle-Crawfurd2)
KEYWORDS: nonballad playparty food
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Bord))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Lyle-Crawfurd2 165, "She Washes the Dishes Three Times a Day" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Robert Chambers, The Popular Rhymes of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1870 ("Digitized by Google")), p. 135, ("She synes the dishes three times a day") (1 text)
cf. "This Is the Way We Wash Our Clothes" (form)
cf. "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush" (form)
NOTES [154 words]: Gomme 1.406-407 considers Chambers an example of "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush" not far from "This is the way they wash the clothes, Wash the clothes, wash the clothes, This is the way they wash the clothes, And round the merry-ma-tanzie." [This particular family is in the index as "This Is the Way We Wash Our Clothes" - RBW.] A verse in Chambers goes "She syncs the dishes three times a day, Three times a day, three times a day, She syncs the dishes three times a day, Come alang wi' the merry-ma-tanzie"; another is "She bakes the scones three times a day, ...." Compare this with Linscott "This is the way we bake the bread, etc., So early Saturday morning." Lyle-Crawfurd2 says the Chambers text "was apparently derived from Crawfurd." If the songs are not the same they are close.
Note the "merry man Tansy" chorus for both Gomme and Lyle-Crawfurd2; the verses do not fit the "Merry-Ma-Tanzie" story line. - BS
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