I've a Wee Dog That Barks at the Moon
DESCRIPTION: The singer says, My dog barks at the moon. Every bark gets him a pair of shoes (thrown?). Give him bread and cheese or he'll bark till you're done.
EARLIEST DATE: 1828 (Lyle-Crawfurd2)
KEYWORDS: food nonballad dog
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Bord))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Lyle-Crawfurd2 166, "I've a Wee Dog That Barks at the Moon" (1 text)
NOTES: Roud cites a Montgomery example from Sandy Candy that starts "I had a wee dog, and he wouched at the mune." I have no more but if it goes like the following example then I think they are not related.
"WOUCH -- The same as bouch, a dog's bark. "I had a wee dog and he wouched at the moon, If my sang be na lang it's sooner dune." Auld say.
The which is frequently said by those unwilling to sing; they plead hoarseness, "or ill wi' the caul;" ...." (source: John MacTaggart, The Scottish Gallovidian Encyclopedia (second edition) (London,1876 ("Digitized by Google"))), p. 481)
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