I Love Little Willie

DESCRIPTION: "I love Little Willie, I do, mama, I love Little Willie, But don't you tell Pa! For he wouldn't like it, you know, mama." Similarly: "He wrote me a letter," "He gave me a ring," "And now we are married," "We fuss and we scratch."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1884 (Boit)
KEYWORDS: love courting marriage trick father mother
FOUND IN: Britain(England(North)) US(Ap,MW,Ro,SE,So) Canada(Ont)
REFERENCES (11 citations):
BrownIII 307, "I Love Little Willie, I Do, Mamma" (1 text plus 1 fragment, 4 excerpts, and mention of 3 more)
BrownSchinhanV 307, "I Love Little Willie, I Do, Mamma" (3 tunes plus text excerpts)
Randolph 382, "I Love Little Willie" (3 texts, 2 tunes)
MHenry-Appalachians, p. 23, "I Love Little Willie" (1 text)
Hubbard, #84, "I Love Little Willie" (1 text, 1 tune)
Boette, p. 51, "I'm Going to Get Married" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-ABFS, p. 327, "I Love Little Willie" (1 text, 1 tune)
Opie-Game, p. 478 ("I want to get married, I do, mama") (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Robert Apthorp Boit, Eustis: A Novel (Boston, 1884 ("Digitized by Google")), p. 166, ("O I have a beau, mamma, mamma") (1 text)
Mellinger E. Henry, "Still More Ballads and Folk-Songs from the Southern Highlands" in The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. XLV, No. 175 (Jan 1932 (available online by JSTOR)), #55 pp. 113-114, "I Love Little Willie" (1 text)
Leah Rachel Clara Yoffie, "Three Generations of Children's Singing Games in St. Louis" in The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. LX, No. 235 (Jan 1947 (available online by JSTOR)), #38 p. 33, ("I love little Johnny, I do, mamma") (1 text)

Roud #3538
Mrs. Tom Sullivan, "I Love Little Willie" (on ONEFowke01)
I Love My Union (Greenway-AFP, p. 128)
NOTES [67 words]: Yoffie includes "I love little Johnny" among a group of songs she learned in St Louis between 1895 and 1900.
Boit has a black four-year old sing this song at a Churchill County [fictional? apparently in Georgia or Alabama] school "exhibition." - BS
Roud splits off Boette's "I'm Going to Get Married" as a separate song (#7512), but the only difference I can see is that it doesn't mention Willie. - RBW
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