Lucy Locket (I)
DESCRIPTION: "Lucy Locket lost her pocket, Kitty Fisher found it; Not a penny was there in it, Only ribbon round it."
EARLIEST DATE: 1952 (Opie-Oxford2; they cite versions going back to 1842, but given the confusing history of the piece, this must be treated with caution); there is an apparent citation from 1894 (see NOTES)
KEYWORDS: clothes money playparty
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (6 citations):
Linscott, pp. 37-38, "Lucy Locket" (1 text, 1 tune, which has the "I Wrote a Letter" verse, the "Little dog" verse, and the "Lucy Locket" verse but which is said by Linscott to use the "Hunt the Squirrel" game)
Stout 104, p. 133, "Nursery Rhyme" (1 text of two verses, the first being "Yankee Doodle" and the second "Lucy Locket/Hunt the Squirrel")
Opie-Oxford2 312, "Lucy Locket" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #279, p. 165 "(Lucy Locket)"
Jack, p. 123, "Lucy Locket" (1 text)
Dolby, p. 82, "Lucy Locket Lost Her Pocket" (1 text)
cf. "Hunt the Squirrel" (lyrics)
NOTES: Much ink has been expended trying to link this to specific historical personages -- e.g. Linscott claims Lucy and Kitty were "celebrated courtesans of the court of Charles II." The Opies, however, declare that all such links are speculative.
I have not encountered this verse in isolation as a song (as opposed to a rhyme), but since it floated into Linscott's version of "Hunt the Squirrel," I list it here as a piece that is sometimes sung.
I cite it as being found in the Midwest on the basis of p. 29 of Laura Ingalls WIlder, On the Way Home: The Diary of a Trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894, Harper & Row, 1962, where Laura wrote that "Nebraska reminds me of Lydia Locket's pocket, nothing in it, nothing on it, only the binding round it." - RBW
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