Bell Tune

DESCRIPTION: "I danced with a girl with a hole in her stocking... All night by the light of the moon." He wants to take her to the woods, but she says it is accursed. They watch a wild party (witches' shabbat? orgy?). He perhaps keeps her from joining. They marry.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1936 (Folklore, Vol. 47, according to Palmer)
KEYWORDS: witch magic marriage dancing
FOUND IN: Britain(England(North))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Palmer-ECS, #136, "Bell Tune" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #1516
NOTES: Roud's #1516 includes quite a few Shrove Tuesday/alms songs. It seems to me that this number includes several songs, but it is often hard to separate them. But the signs of witchcraft in this one seem to me to require splitting it, even though it starts with a floating verse. - RBW
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File: PECS136

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