Nix My Dolly Pals Fake Away
DESCRIPTION: "In a box of the stone jug I was born, Of a hempen widow the kid forlorn, Fake away... Nix my Dolly Pals fake away." The youth grew up poor but was a successful robber until his "nuttiest lady" betrayed him. He has escaped and continues "merry and free"
AUTHOR: G. H. Rodwell?
EARLIEST DATE: 1926 (Scott); supposedly first performed 1839
KEYWORDS: robbery betrayal escape freedom prison
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Scott-EnglishSB, pp. 128-129, "Nix My Dolly Pals" (1 text, 1 tune)
Winstock, pp. 219-223, "The sprig of shillelagh" (1 tune, which the notes imply is used for this)
cf. "Jack Sheppard" [Laws L6] (subject)
cf. "The Sprig of Shillelah" (tune, apparently, according to Winstock)
NOTES [62 words]: Listed by Scott as from "Rodwell's Comic Opera, 'Little Jack Shephard," said to have been based on either Harrison Ainsworth's Rookwood (for which see "My Bonny Black Bess (II) (Poor Black Bess; Dick Turpin's Ride) "[Laws L9]) or Ainsworth's "Jack Shepherd." (Winstock lists only Rookwood as a possible source.) For Shepherd himself see "Jack Sheppard" [Laws L6]. - RBW
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