I Love Sixpence
DESCRIPTION: "I love sixpence," spend a penny, lend a penny, and take fourpence home to the wife. The singer repeats the process with fourpence and twopence. With nothing left he says "I have nothing, I spend nothing, I love nothing better than my wife"
EARLIEST DATE: 1810 (Ritson)
KEYWORDS: poverty humorous nonballad wife
FOUND IN: Britain(England(North,South),Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Williams-Thames, p. 90, "The Jolly Shilling" (2 texts) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Wt 405)
Opie-Oxford2 480, "I love sixpence, jolly little sixpence" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #113, pp. 93-95, "(I love sixpence, a jolly, jolly sixpence)"
GreigDuncan3 572, "I've Got a Shilling" (3 texts, 1 tune)
Kidson-Tunes, pp. 158-159, "The Jolly Shilling" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Joseph Ritson, Gammer Gurton's Garland (London, 1810 ("Digitized by Google")), p. 40, "The Jolly Tester" ("I love sixpence, a jolly, jolly sixpence") (1 text)
Henry Randall Waite, _Carmina Collegensia: A Complete Collection of the Songs of the American Colleges_ first edition 1868, expanded edition, Oliver Ditson, 1876, p. 67, "I've a Jolly Sixpence" (1 text, 1 tune)
Gwenda Beed Davey and Graham Seal, _A Guide to Australian Folklore_, Kangaroo Press, 2003, "(I've Got Sixpence)" (1 text, which is not explicitly said to be Australian)
Training for Brown ("I love my lager, jolly jolly lager, I love my lager when I drink it down") (Henry Randall Waite, _Carmina Collegensia: A Complete Collection of the Songs of the American Colleges_ first edition 1868, expanded edition, Oliver Ditson, 1876, p. 95)
The Jolly Tester
NOTES: The Wiltshire-WSRO text consolidates the two Williams-Thames texts, adds three verses but shows only one of the two choruses. - BS
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