DESCRIPTION: The singer meets a maid in the fields and asked what she is doing out so early. She is gathering mushrooms to make her mommy catsup. "Her panting breast on mine she pressed ... And her lips on mine did gently join And we both sat down together"
EARLIEST DATE: 1955 (IRRCinnamond02)
KEYWORDS: courting food
FOUND IN: Ireland
ST RcTGMus (Full)
Robert Cinnamond, "The Maid Gathering Mushrooms" (on IRRCinnamond02)
NOTES: I thought "catsup" - however it's spelled - was always made from tomatoes. However, it is "a seasoned sauce of puree consistency the principal ingredient of which is usu. tomatoes but sometimes another foodstuff (as mushrooms or walnuts)" (source: Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged, 1976)
The description is based on John Moulden's transcription from IRRCinnamond02 included in the Traditional Ballad Index Supplement. - BS
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