Twill Never Do To Give It Up So
DESCRIPTION: "Oh, twill never do to give it up so (Old Uncle Ben/Mr. Brown), 'twill never do to give it up so" (x2). "Old Mr. (Brown/Coon/Jones), you come too soon, the girls won't be ready till tomorrow afternoon" (x2).
EARLIEST DATE: 1916 (Wolford); reportedly sung by 1844 (see NOTES)
KEYWORDS: playparty courting
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Wolford, pp. 100-101=WolfordRev, pp. 220-221, "Walk Along John" (1 text, 2 tunes, probably a combination of "Walk Along John (I) and "Twill Never Do To Give It Up So")
Philadelphia Riots ("Oh in Philadelphia foks say how") (WolfAmericanSongSheets p. 126)
NOTES [146 words]: Wolford notes that there was a key change in the version given to her, which she adjusted (while also printing the collected version of the tune). I suspect that her version is in fact a combination of two songs, "Walk Along John" (the first stanza) and "'Twill Never Do to Give It Up So," which I know I've heard somewhere but can't seem to find in any traditional collections. I'm filing this as an independent fragment in hopes that someone will someday find the rest.
According to Jon W. Finson, The Voices That Are Gone: Themes in Nineteenth-Century American Popular Song, Oxford University Press, 1994, p. 180, "'Twill Nebber Do to Gib It Up So" was one of the songs sung by the Virginia Minstrels (Dan Emmett's group) before they broke up in 1844. If so, there is obviously a possibility that Emmett had something to do with the song, but I have no proof of this. - RBW
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