Rue and the Thyme, The (The Rose and the Thyme)
DESCRIPTION: Told mostly in floating lyrics: "I'm sorry, I'm sorry that my fortune's been so bad, Since I've fa'en in love wi' a young sailor lad." They exchange letters and flowers; she says he may keep his rose and she will keep her thyme.
EARLIEST DATE: 1905 (GreigDuncan1)
KEYWORDS: courting rejection virginity floatingverses
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Ord, p. 187, "The Rose and the Thyme" (1 text)
Greig #87, p. 1, "The Rue and the Thyme"; Greig #84, p. 2, "The Rue and the Thyme"; Greig #72, p. 2, ("Keep ye your red rue, and I'll keep my thyme") (2 texts plus 1 fragment)
GreigDuncan1 52, GreigDuncan8 Addenda, "The Young Sailor Lad" (6 texts, 5 tunes)
GreigDuncan6 1139, "The Rue and the Thyme" (10 texts, 4 tunes)
cf. "The Wagoner's Lad" (lyrics)
cf. "Green Grows the Laurel (Green Grow the Lilacs)" (lyrics)
cf. "Garners Gay (Rue; The Sprig of Thyme)" (theme, symbols, lyrics)
I'm Sorry, I'm Sorry
NOTES: GreigDuncan1: "Often heard sung fifty and sixty years ago. Noted 1905."
Greig #87 quoting Mr Jas Mackie: "It is over 70 years since I first picked up snatches of this song, which was very common about that time."  - BS
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