Hooly and Fairly (I)
DESCRIPTION: "Doun in yon meadow a couple did tarry": the wife drank and the husband complained that she drank his liquor also. Not only did she sell all her clothes for drink, but all his as well. When drunk she insulted him and their children.
EARLIEST DATE: 1843 (Whitelaw-BookOfScottishSong)
KEYWORDS: shrewishness drink children husband wife
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Greig/Duncan3 584A,584B, "Hooly and Fairly" (1 text)
Whitelaw-BookOfScottishSong, p. 29, "Hooly and Fairly" (1 text)
cf. "Hooly and Fairly (II)" (subject) and references there
NOTES [70 words]: The theme, chorus and a few lines in the first verse are the same as in "Hooly and Fairly (I)" but the verses are different. In fact, while this version ends each verse "gine my wifie wid drink hooly and fairly" Baillee's song ends each verse differently asking only in the first verse that she drink hooly and fairly; other verses wish that she feast, spend, dress, strike, sleep timely, and speak "hooly and fairly." - BS
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