Does Your Mother Know You're Out? (III)
DESCRIPTION: Naive singer comes to Liverpool, stops at a pub, is beaten by "three roaring fellows" and has his purse stolen by a girl. In the street a girl stops him; he beats her, assuming she is the one that stole his money, and is thrown in jail for six months.
EARLIEST DATE: 1951 (MUNFLA-Leach)
KEYWORDS: fight violence travel crime prison punishment robbery theft drink England humorous
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
Les Martin, "Does Your Mother Know You're Out?" (on MUNFLA-Leach)
cf. "Does Your Mother Know You're Out? (II)" (possible stage song basis for this ballad)
NOTES [72 words]: The last line of most verses has someone asking, "Does your mother know you're out?" Apparently, travellers from Manchester in Liverpool were considered "country bumpkins."
The Roud Broadside Index database has this as Roud #V8718, but assigns the same number to "Does Your Mother Know You're Out? (II)." See "Does Your Mother Know You're Out" ("From Liverpool to Manchester as I have lately strayed"); I haven't seen the broadside. - BS
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