Tickle My Toe
DESCRIPTION: In successive verses of this bawdy cumulative song, the singer lays his finger or touches his lady friend on the toe, knee, thigh, "funny thing," etc. With each he asks what it is and she gives a nonsensical reply.
EARLIEST DATE: 1859? [not later than 1867] (Chappell)
KEYWORDS: bawdy cumulative
FOUND IN: US(So) Ireland Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Reeves-Circle 89, "Mathew the Miller" (1 text)
Randolph-Legman I, pp. 545-551, "Tickle My Toe" (5 texts, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: W. Chappell, Popular Music of the Olden Time, (London, 1859? ("Digitized")), Vol. II p. 750, "The Corn Grinds Well" (1 fragment, 1 tune) [Reproduced in Llewellynn Jewitt, _The Ballads & Songs of Derbyshire_ (London, 1867 ("Digitized by Google")), p. 110, "The Derbyshire Miller" (1 fragment, 1 tune)]
Pat MacNamara, "I Left My Hand" (on IRClare01)
cf. "Gently Johnny My Jingalo"
cf. "A-Roving" (plot, such as it is)
cf. "Baltimore (Up She Goes)" (theme)
cf. "Yo Ho, Yo Ho" (plot)
NOTES: Legman offers substantial notes on the history of this song in Randolph-Legman I. - EC
It can, obviously, be difficult to tell this from "A-Roving" and, especially, "Yo Ho." The reader is strongly advised to check that song as well as this. - RBW
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