Sandgate Lass's Lament, The
DESCRIPTION: "I was a young maiden truly, And liv'd in Sandgate Street; I thought to marry a good man... But last I married a keelman, And my good days are done." The girl lists all the men she thought of marrying, and then contrasts her ill-formed, evil keelman
EARLIEST DATE: 1900 (Stokoe/Reay)
KEYWORDS: marriage abuse lament work
FOUND IN: Britain(England(North))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Stokoe/Reay, pp. 162-163, "The Sandgate Lass's Lament" (1 text, 1 tune)
ST StoR162 (Full)
NOTES [125 words]: A keelman is not one who is involved in shipbuilding but, I believe, one who keels cloth -- marks it for cutting. It is interesting to note that "to keel" also has been used to mean "to mark down as worthy of contempt." So this may be a pun, or it might be simply that the singer has a truly low opinion of her husband.
William Watson published a piece "Sandgate Lassie's Lament" in ADDITIONAL: T. Thompson, J Shield, W. Midford, H. Robson, and others, A Collection of Songs, Comic, Satirical, and Descriptive, Chiefly in the Newcastle Dialect: And Illustrative of the Language and Manners of the Common People on the Banks of the Tyne and Neighbourhood, (John Marshall, Newcastle, 1827), p. 70, but it doesn't appear to be the same poem to me. - RBW
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