Twelve Stone Two
DESCRIPTION: The singer is "dreadful nervous" because he is about to marry "an agricultural Irish girl that's twice the size of me": she weighs twelve stone two. He would like to break the contract but she would beat him. She did the courting and he had no choice.
EARLIEST DATE: 1901 (O'Conor); c.1885 (broadside, NLScotland L.C.Fol.70(48b))
KEYWORDS: courting wedding humorous nonballad shrewishness
REFERENCES (1 citation):
O'Conor, p. 79, "Twelve Stone Two" (1 text)
NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(48b), "Fine Big Woman" ("I feel so dreadful nervous That I'm frightened of my life"), Poet's Box (Dundee), c.1885
NOTES: stone: "an official British unit equal to 14 pounds" (source: Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged (1976))
Broadside NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(48b): "Sung with great success by Walter Munro" - BS
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