Low Back Car, The
DESCRIPTION: "When first I saw sweet Peggy... A low-backed car she drove." "The man at the turnpike bar" was too stunned by her appearance to collect the toll. Men are knocked down by her glance. The singer imagines driving in the low-backed car to be married.
AUTHOR: Samuel Lover (1797-1868)
EARLIEST DATE: before 1853 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 26(397))
KEYWORDS: beauty nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Wiltshire-WSRO Wt 505, "Peggy in Her Low Backed Car" (1 text)
O'Conor, pp. 87-88, "The Low Back Car" (1 text)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #1332, pp. 90-91, "The Low Back'd Car" (3 references)
ADDITIONAL: [no author listed], _Songs That Never Grow Old_, Syndicate Publishing, 1909, 1913, p. 148, "The Low-Backed Car" (1 text, 1 tune)
Bodleian, Harding B 26(397), "The Low-Backed Car", J. Moore (Belfast) , 1846-1852; also Johnson Ballads 1101, "The Low Back'd Car"; Harding B 11(2253), Harding B 20(148), "The Low Back Car"; Harding B 11(2254), Firth b.26(233), 2806 b.11(253), "The Low-Back Car"
NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(122b), "The Low-Backed Car," Poet's Box (Glasgow?), 1878
Low Necked Dress ("When first I saw Miss Delia") (WolfAmericanSongSheets, p. 91)
NOTES: Note that there is no connection, save the title, between this and the song we have indexed as "The Low-Backed Car."
The tune to this is said to be "The Jolly Ploughboy," but since there are several songs with that approximate title, it isn't much help.
According to the list of broadsides on pp. 90-91 of Edwin Wolf 2nd, American Song Sheets, Slip Ballads, and Political Broadsides 1850-1870, Library Company of Philadelphia, 1963, it appears this was originally published in America as "The Low Back's Car." - RBW
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