No, John, No

DESCRIPTION: The man asks the girl if she will marry. She informs him that her father has told her to answer all men's questions "No." After several exchanges, he asks something like "Do you refuse to marry me? Do you want me to leave?" She, of course, answers "No."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1883 (Burne)
KEYWORDS: courting questions rejection
FOUND IN: US(Ap,MA,MW,SE,So) Britain(England(Lond,South,West))
REFERENCES (21 citations):
Broadwood/Maitland, pp. 90-91, "Twenty, Eighteen" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Kennedy 138, "No Sir" (1 text, 1 tune)
Randolph 385, "No Sir! No Sir!" (1 text, 1 tune)
Moore-Southwest 102, "The Scottish Merchant's Daughter" (1 text, 1 tune)
Eddy 48, "No, Sir" (1 text, 1 tune)
Stout 29, p. 44 "O, No, John" (1 text)
Wolford, pp. 73-74=WolfordRev, p. 144, "No Sir" (1 text, 1 tune)
BrownIII 14, "No, Sir" (2 texts plus mention of 2 more)
BrownSchinhanV 14, "No, Sir" (3 tunes plus excerpts of text)
Morris, #191, "Oh, No, John" (1 text, 1 tune)
Wyman-Brockway II, p. 98, "'No, Sir, No!'" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fuson, p. 81, "No, Sir; No" (1 text)
Sharp-100E 68, "O No, John!" (1 text, 1 tune)
Korson-PennLegends, pp. 50-51, "Oh, No, No, Sir, No" (1 text, 1 tune)
Carey-MarylandFolkLegends, p. 100, "No Sir" (1 text)
Reeves-Sharp 68, "O No John" (4 texts)
Lomax-FSNA 161, "Uh-Uh, No" (1 text, 1 tune, probably with more than a little of "Wheel of Fortune" mixed in)
Silber-FSWB, p. 345, "No John" (1 text)
BBI, ZN2244, "Pretty Betty, now come to me" (?)
DT, ONOJOHN*
ADDITIONAL: Charlotte Sophia Burne, editor, Shropshire Folk-Lore (London, 1883 ("Digitized by Google")), pp. 551-552,652, "The Disdainful Lady" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #146
RECORDINGS:
Ron & Bob Copper, "No, John, No" (on FSB1)
Sam Larner, "No Sir, No Sir" (on SLarner02)
Pete Seeger, "No Sir No" (on PeteSeeger14)
Stoneman Family, "The Spanish Merchant's Daughter" (Victor V-40206, 1928; on AAFM3)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Keys of Canterbury"
cf. "Wheel of Fortune (Dublin City, Spanish Lady)"
cf. "The Nonsense of Men" (theme)
NOTES: A Broadwood/Maitland fragment from Shropshire has the man give up "since I have no more to say"; the woman then says "'O turn again, young man, I'll have you,' But his answer was 'Nay, nay!'." - BS
Reeves-Sharp #68 is a composite of four texts. However, the original texts are listed on pp. 35-37. BS
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File: R385

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