Snail, Snail (I)
DESCRIPTION: "Snail, snail, come out of your hole, Or else I'll beat you as black as coal." "Snail, snail, put out your horns, I'll give you bread and barley corns." Or, "John Jago... put out... Thy brother and sister are at the back door, Crying for barley bread"
EARLIEST DATE: c. 1744 (Tom Thumb's Pretty Song Book, according to the Opies)
KEYWORDS: animal food nonballad injury
FOUND IN: Britain(England(West)) US(So)
REFERENCES (7 citations):
Opie/Opie-OxfordDictionaryOfNurseryRhymes 482, "Snail, Snail" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-AnnotatedMotherGoose #471, pp. 210, "(Snail, Snail)"
Gundry-CanowKernow-SongsDancesFromCornwall, p. 44, "(Children's Snail-Racing Song)" (1 fragment with the first words "John Jago, John Jago, put out thy great horn," 1 tune, filed with a group of songs under the general heading "Crowdy Crawn")
Hudson-FolksongsOfMississippi 130, pp. 275-276, "Shule Aron" (1 text, which opens with this poem but otherwise appears to be a badly damaged version of "Shule Agra (Shool Aroo[n], Buttermilk Hill, Johnny's Gone for a Soldier)")
HudsonTune 32, "Snail, Snail" (1 text, 1 tune)
Heart-Songs, p. 55, "Chinese Baby-Song" (1 short text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Peter and Iona Opie, _I Saw Esau: Traditional Rhymes of Youth_, #163, "(To the Snail)" (1 text)
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