I Ken Something I'll No Tell
DESCRIPTION: The singer has a secret. All the lads/lasses are hiding but one. If he: he will have so-and-so and they will be married. If she: she has a baby in a dish-cloth; her lover goes to her father and is beaten.
EARLIEST DATE: 1828 (Lyle-Crawfurd2)
KEYWORDS: courting marriage sex nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Bord))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Lyle-Crawfurd2 174, "I Ken Something I'll No Tell" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Robert Chambers, The Popular Rhymes of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1870 ("Digitized by Google")), p. 119, ("I ken something that I'll no tell")("I've found something that I'll no tell) (2 texts)
NOTES: Chambers: "... intended to convey an insinuation against the presumedly prettiest young maiden of the party, usually called 'the Flower' of her place of residence." - BS
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