Shoemaker (I), The

DESCRIPTION: "Make my Kate a pair of shoes, Make 'em out of the best of leather, I'll peg 'em well and stitch 'em tight (or: "Draw 'em around the firey side") And then they'll last forever." The singer seeks, by the making of shoes, to bind Kate to him (?)
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1906 (Reeves-TheEverlastingCircle)
KEYWORDS: work courting clothes
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South)) US(Ap,MA,SE,So) Ireland
REFERENCES (7 citations):
Randolph 566, "The Shoemaker" (1 text plus a fragment, 1 tune)
Cox-FolkSongsSouth 171, "The Cobbler's Boy" (1 text)
Sharp-EnglishFolkSongsFromSouthernAppalachians 100, "The Shoemaker" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
Carey-MarylandFolkLegendsAndFolkSongs, p. 100, "The Shoemaker" (1 text)
Henry/Huntingdon/Herrmann-SamHenrysSongsOfThePeople H551, p. 40, "The Cobbler" (1 text, 1 tune)
Reeves-TheEverlastingCircle 21, "The Cobbler" (2 texts)

Roud #837
cf. "The Shoemaker's Kiss"
NOTES [53 words]: This may be a byblow of "The Shoemaker's Kiss"; there are common elements. But if so, the degree of sanitizing is so extreme that they can be counted as separate songs. - RBW
The entry in Sharp-EnglishFolkSongsFromSouthernAppalachians is fragmentary and almost devoid of plot, but it mentions Kate, so I put it here. - PJS
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File: R566

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