I Saw Esau
DESCRIPTION: "'Twas just about a year ago... I found a lass, but now, alas! I find that I have lost her." The singer repeatedly encounters her with her country cousin Esau. Chorus: "I saw Esau, he saw me, And she saw I saw Esau."
EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (Spaeth, Weep Some More, My Lady)
KEYWORDS: courting rejection humorous wordplay
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Stout 65, pp. 88-90, "I Saw Esau" (1 text, 1 tune)
Spaeth-WeepMore, pp. 201-202, "I Saw Esau" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Peter and Iona Opie, _I Saw Esau: Traditional Rhymes of Youth_, #2, "(I Saw Esau)" (1 fragment)
NOTES: To this compare Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 202, "I Saw Esau." It's not the same song, but it's the same gimmick. - RBW
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