Hooly and Fairly (II)
DESCRIPTION: Singer wonders why he married; his wife drinks and calls him cheap. She dines out and dresses well while he must wear rags. She overdresses, fails to keep house, and sleeps too much. He wishes he were single, and that she would live "hooly and fairly"
AUTHOR: Joanna Baillee (source: Whitelaw)
EARLIEST DATE: text 1751 (published in "Yair's Charmer" as "The Drucken Wife o' Gallowa'"); melody 1759 (The Caledonian Pocket Companion, same title); both together under title "Hooly and Fairly," 1757 (Thirty Scots Songs for Voice and Harpsichord)
LONG DESCRIPTION: Singer wonders why he married; his wife drinks canary wine and calls him cheap. She dines with her gossiping friends, goes to fairs, "bridals," and preachings well-dressed while he must wear rags. She overdresses in church, fails to keep house, and sleeps while the neighbors are waking. She won't take advice, arguing with the minister. He wishes he were single, and that his wife would drink/spend/dress/speak "hooly and fairly"
KEYWORDS: shrewishness marriage clothes drink nonballad wife
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
GreigDuncan3 584C, "Hooly and Fairly" (1 text)
MacSeegTrav 111, "Hooly and Fairly" (1 text, 1 tune)
Whitelaw-Song, p. 30, "Hooly and Fairly" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: James Johnson, Editor, _The Scots Musical Museum_ [1853 edition], volume II, #191, p. 199, "Hooly and Fairly" (1 text, 1 tune)
ST McCST111 (Partial)
cf. "Hooly and Fairly (I)" (theme, chorus and a few lines in the first verse)
The Drucken Wife o' Gallowa'
NOTES: The singer is a kvetch. "Hooly" = "slowly, softly, gently." Joanna Baillie (1762-1851) was a child prodigy who composed verses before she could read; in addition to writing songs, for forty years she was a dramatist for the London Theatre. - PJS
"Hooly and Fairly (I)" seems the basis for Baillee's rewrite.
Whitelaw: "Written by Joanna Baillee for George Thomson's collection of Scottish melodies." [Is this George Thomson, A Select Collection of Original Scotish Airs for the Voice in 5 volumes (London,1804-1818)?] - BS
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