Finikin Lass (Finnigan Lasses)
DESCRIPTION: The singer marries a boarding school bred lady who does nothing but read novels. One day he catches her in the cellar "paying the rent." "I'd rather marry the devil than wed with a boarding school lass." "So beware of the Finnegan lasses"
EARLIEST DATE: before 1839 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(1205))
KEYWORDS: shrewishness infidelity marriage beauty clothes humorous scatological wife
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Peacock, pp. 269-271, "Finnigan Lasses" (1 text, 1 tune)
Freeman Bennett, "The Finnigan Lasses" (on PeacockCDROM) [one verse only]
Bodleian, Harding B 11(1205), "The Finical Lass," W. Stephenson (Gateshead), 1821-1838; also Harding B 25(652), "The Finical Lass"; Firth c.20(5), "Finikin Lasses"; Johnson Ballads 827, "The Finiken Lass"
NOTES [41 words]: For a definition of "finikin," specifically "precise in trifles, idly busy," see TheFreeDictionary site. The word is like current "finicky."
There is also a parody at Bodleian, Harding B 11(1206), "The Finiken Man," J. Pitts (London), 1819-1844 - BS
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