Cheshire Gate, The

DESCRIPTION: "It was just against the Cheshire Gate, A story true I will relate, Of two neighbors and their wives, How they led their wanton lives, And went to bed with each other's...." While one drinks or travels, his spouse fools around with the neighbor
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1903 (VaughanWilliams/Palmer)
KEYWORDS: infidelity sex husband wife travel drink humorous
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
VaughanWilliams/Palmer, #115, "The Cheshire Gate" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #1543
NOTES: This appears to have been collected only once, from Henry Burstow, and his version is very confused, so the description is something of a guess. What seems clear is that there were two couples, both of which wanted to swap spouses with the other. - RBW
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File: VWP115

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