Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping
DESCRIPTION: "I keep my dogs and my ferrets too, O I have them in my keepin' To catch good hares all in the night While the gamekeeper lies sleeping." The singer goes out one night and poaches a female rabbit. Her cries bring the keepers, but he escapes and sells her
EARLIEST DATE: 1891 (Kidson-TraditionalTunes)
KEYWORDS: poaching hunting dog animal commerce
FOUND IN: Britain(England(Lond,North,South))
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Kennedy-FolksongsOfBritainAndIreland 249, "Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping" (1 text, 1 tune)
Copper-SongsAndSouthernBreezes, pp. 266-267, "Dogs and Ferrets" (1 text, 1 tune)
Copper-ASongForEverySeason, p. 288, "Dogs and Ferrets" (1 text, 1 tune)
Williams-FolkSongsOfTheUpperThames, p. 110, "I Keep My Dogs and Ferrets, Too" (1 text) (also Williams-Wiltshire-WSRO Bk 23)
Kidson-TraditionalTunes, pp. 133-135, "Hares in the Old Plantation" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
Palmer-EnglishCountrySongbook, #53, "Hares in the Old Plantation" (1 text, 1 tune)
Browne-FolkSongsOfOldHampshire, pp. 111-113, "Whilst the Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Tim Coughlan, Now Shoon the Romano Gillie, (Cardiff,2001), pp. 444-445, ("My master turned me out of doors") [English text from singing of New Forest Gypsies reported by Gillington, _Songs of the Open Road_ (1911)] [see addiitional references in NOTES]
Wiggy Smith, "Hares in the Old Plantation" (on Voice18)
Tom Willett, "While Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping" (on TWillett01, HiddenE)
cf. "While Gamekeepers Were Sleeping" (lyrics)
I Keep My Dogs
Hares in the Old Plantations
The Sleeping Gamekeeper
I Keep My Dogs and Ferrets Too
While Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping
NOTES [101 words]: See Tim Coughlan, Now Shoon the Romano Gillie, (Cardiff,2001), for five texts:
Coughlan #167, pp. 442-446, "I Have a Juk" [Romani-English text reported by Yates].
Coughlan #168, p. 446, "I Have a Dog" [Romani-English text from BBC Radio (1987)].
Coughlan #169, p. 446, "Mandy Had a Juk" [Romani-English fragment reported by Kennedy (1975)].
Coughlan #170, p. 446, "I Have a Juk" [Romani-English fragment reported by Richardson (1976-1977)].
Coughlan #171, p. 447, "Mandi Has a Jukkel" [Romani-English text reported by Stanley and Burke (1986)].
Jasper Smith is the source for #167, #168 and #171. - BS
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