Bells are Ringing, The (Eight O'Clock Bells)
DESCRIPTION: "(Eight) o'clock bells are ringing, Mother let me out; My sweetheart is waiting For to take me out." "He's going to give me apples, He's going to give me pears, He's going to give me sixpence, And kisses on the stairs."
EARLIEST DATE: 1910 (GreigDuncan8)
KEYWORDS: courting food mother
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
GreigDuncan8 1623, "Six O'Clock Bells Ringing" (1 text, 1 tune)
Montgomerie-ScottishNR 86, "(Eight o'clock bells are ringing)" (1 text)
cf. "My Boyfriend Gave Me An Apple" (lyrics)
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