There Was a Young Couple
DESCRIPTION: A young couple, or three old maids skate "on a cold and frosty morning." The ice is thin and they fall in. Can someone help them out?
EARLIEST DATE: 1920s (Opie-Game)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Opie-Game 107, "There Was a Young Couple" (3 texts)
cf. "Gathering Nuts in May" (tune, per Opie-Game)
cf. "The Lamentation of a Bad Market" (possible source) and references there
cf. "Three Little Girls A-Skating Went" (theme)
Three Old Maids
NOTES: Opie-Game: "In a dance tradition which has turned even 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star' into a 'swinging play' it is not surprising to find that the 'Three Old Maids' is based on the nursery rhyme 'Three children sliding on the ice' (which, in turn, derives from a burlesque ballad 'The Lamentation of a Bad Market; or the Drowning of three Children in the Thames', c.1680...." - BS
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