DESCRIPTION: The singer asks how she can be happy when "the bonny young lad I love so dearly He is banished quite out of my company." Kissing is foolish and brings "poor lovers into sin." Nevertheless, she wishes she were in his arms.
EARLIEST DATE: 1904 (Reeves-Sharp)
KEYWORDS: grief love separation nonballad lover
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Reeves-Sharp, p. 233, "(It's how can I be merry and free)" (1 fragment)
ADDITIONAL: Sam Richards and Tish Stubbs, editors, _The English Folksinger_ (Glasgow, 1979), pp. 118,121, "Kissing" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: Richards and Stubbs text is from the same manuscript as Reeves-Sharp and adds the tune.
The final line, "I'd care not whether I sink or swim," floats from "Waly, Waly." - BS
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