Monkey's Wedding, The

DESCRIPTION: "The monkey married the baboon's sister, Gave her a ring and then he kissed her, He kissed so hard he raised a blister, She set up a yell." Verses, often nonsensical, about the proceedings at the wedding
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1865 (broadside, LOCSinging sb30342a); sheet music was published by Firth & Hall of New York some time after 1832
KEYWORDS: animal wedding nonsense humorous
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber)) US(MA,MW,NE,SE,So) West Indies(Bahamas)
REFERENCES (11 citations):
GreigDuncan8 1903, "A Monkey's Wedding" (1 text)
BrownIII 181, "The Monkey Married the Baboon's Sister" (1 short text plus 2 excerpts)
Gardner/Chickering 197, "The Monkey's Wedding" (1 text)
Linscott, pp. 241-243, "The Monkey's Wedding" (1 text, 1 tune)
Sandburg, p. 113, "The Monkey's Wedding" (1 text, 1 tune)
Scarborough-NegroFS, p. 180, (no title) (1 text)
Spaeth-ReadWeep, pp. 68-69, [no title] (1 text, 1 tune)
Gilbert, p. 114, [no title] (1 text)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #1455, p. 98, "The Monkey's Wedding" (2 references)
ADDITIONAL: Harry Dichter and Elliott Shapiro, _Early American Sheet Music: Its Lure and Its Lore, 1768-1889_, R. R. Bowker, 1941, p. 101, has a description of the earliest known sheet music
Elsie Clews Parsons, Folk-Tales of Andros Island Bahamas (Lancaster: American Folk-Lore Society, 1918 ("Digitized by Internet Archive")), #115, pp. 166-167, "The Baboon's Sister" (1 text, 1 tune)

ST San113 (Partial)
Roud #3123
BROADSIDES:
LOCSinging, sb30342a, "The Monkey's Wedding" ("The monkey married the baboon's sister"), H. De Marsan (New York), 1861-1864
NOTES: Linscott lists this as being sung to "The Drunken Sailor," and it will fit that tune -- but her tune is not quite the usual "Drunken Sailor." - RBW
Broadside LOCSinging sb30342a: H. De Marsan dating per Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site. - BS
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