Three Dukes

DESCRIPTION: "Here comes (three dukes) a-ridin', a-ridin', a-ridin', Here comes a duke a-ridin' The raz-ma-taz-a-ma-tee." The duke comes to be married; the girls ask him to choose one of them. He calls them ugly; they say they're as good as he is. He chooses one.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1893 (Broadwood/Maitland)
KEYWORDS: playparty courting nobility
FOUND IN: Britain(England(West),Scotland(Aber)) US(Ap,MA,MW,NE,SE,So) Canada(Mar)
REFERENCES (15 citations):
Greig #152, p. 2, "Here Are Two Dukes" (1 text)
GreigDuncan8 1567, "Here Are Two Dukes" (1 text)
Broadwood/Maitland, p. 77, "The Three Dukes" (1 text, 1 tune)
Wolford, pp. 52-54=WolfordRev, pp. 213-214, "Here Comes Four Dukes A-Riding" (1 text, 1 tune)
Randolph 551, "Raz-Ma-Taz-A-Ma-Tee" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Randolph/Cohen, pp. 406-407, "Raz-Ma-Taz-A-Ma-Tee" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 551A)
BrownIII 68, "Here Comes Three Lawyers" (1 text)
BrownSchinhanV, pp. 516-517, "Rancy, Tanchy, Teen" (1 short text, 1 tune)
Ritchie-Southern, p. 51, "Two Dukes A-Roving" (1 text, 1 tune)
Linscott, pp. 13-15, "Here Come Three Dukes A-Riding" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton/Senior, pp. 260-262, "Here Comes a Duke A-Riding" (3 texts, 2 tunes)
MHenry-Appalachians, p. 242, (no title) (1 short text)
Opie-Game 11, "A Duke a-Riding" (7 texts, 1 tune)
Newell, #3, "Here Comes a Duke" (3 texts plus excerpts)
DT, THREDUK1 THREDUK2

Roud #730
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Hog Drovers" (plot, lyrics)
cf. "Three Brothers from Spain (Knights of Spain, We Are Three Jews)" (plot, lyrics)
ALTERNATE TITLES:
Here Come Three Kings A-Riding
File: R551

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