DESCRIPTION: "Twankydillo ... he [the shepherd] played on his merry bagpipes." If his sheep go astray his dog will fetch them. If he meets the old shepherd's horse he'll cut off its tail "close up to his erse"; if he meets his wife he'll cuckold the old shepherd.
EARLIEST DATE: 1906 (Reeves-Circle)
KEYWORDS: sex nonballad dog horse sheep shepherd
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Reeves-Circle 135B, "Twankydillo" (1 text)
Purslow-Constant, p. 105, "Twankydillo!" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: "Twankydillo (I -- The Blacksmith)" shares part of a chorus with this song: "Twankydillo ... A roaring pair of bagpipes made of green willow." The pair of bagpipes is a reasonable double entendre applied to a blacksmith, but seems a stretch applied to a shepherd.
Reeves-Circle: "It appears to me as if the 'Twankydillo' refrain has a separate existence from the various stanzas to which it has been attached, and it may be older than any of these." - BS
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