Thank You, Ma'am, Says Dan
DESCRIPTION: Courting song in which Dan says "Thank you, ma'am," whatever the girl's mother says. She invites him in; he thanks her. She allows him to marry her daughter. She will stay with her daughter; he will have to support the whole family. He thanks her
AUTHOR: Gerald and Joseph M. Crofts?
EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (Sam Henry collection)
KEYWORDS: love courting mother humorous
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Henry/Huntingdon/Herrmann-SamHenrysSongsOfThePeople H184=689, pp. 469-470, "'Thank You, Ma'am,' Says Dan" (1 text, 1 tune)
OLochlainn-IrishStreetBallads 92, "I Thank You, Ma'am," Says Dan (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [29 words]: It would appear that copyright on this song was claimed by the Crofts. Given the various collections containing the song, however, I wonder if they really originated it. - RBW
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