DESCRIPTION: The singer waltzed with Ellen Taylor one night. She's gone to Margate for the summer. He fantasizes that, once he finishes his apprenticeship in three years, they will marry, open a shop, and they'll drive out with the children on Sundays.
EARLIEST DATE: 1878 (Hindley; note that Hindley prints the text in a section of broadsides apparently printed c.1836)
KEYWORDS: courting marriage dancing humorous apprentice
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Williams-Thames, p. 204, "Ellen Taylor" (1 text) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Wt 380)
ADDITIONAL: Charles Hindley, The Life and Times of James Catnach, Ballad Monger (London, 1878 ("Digitized by Google")), pp. 274-275, "All Round the Room" (1 text)
Bodleian, Harding B 16(80a), "Ellen Taylor" or "All Round the Room" ("All round the room I've danced with Ellen Taylor"), unknown, no date
NOTES: The Hindley and Bodleian text are not identical but are close enough to show that this is a stage piece mixing prose and song in dialect ("She was an hangel!"; "But if Ellen should refuse me, oh, crikey! what a pity!"). Williams-Thames only has the four verses -- no prose -- so that the details of shop ownership, riding out on Sunday, and description of Ellen are lost, but the idea of the fantasy based on three hours of dancing is preserved. - BS
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