Yellow Handkerchief, The (Flash Company)
DESCRIPTION: Singer once loved a young girl who wore a yellow handkerchief. Unfortunately, he kept "flash company", and he is now ruined and destitute; "Like a flower in the garden all my color has gone."
EARLIEST DATE: 1906 (Gardiner coll.)
KEYWORDS: disease love clothes lover floatingverses
FOUND IN: Britain(England(Lond,South,West))
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Kennedy-FolksongsOfBritainAndIreland 360, "The Yellow Handkerchief" (1 text, 1 tune)
MacColl/Seeger-TravellersSongsFromEnglandAndScotland 32, "The Yellow Handkerchief" (1 text, 1 tune); also 58, "The False-Hearted Lover" (1 text, 1 tune)
Palmer-FolkSongsCollectedBy-Ralph-VaughanWilliams, #47, "The Myrtle Tree" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud/Bishop-NewPenguinBookOfEnglishFolkSongs #80, "Flash Company" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT, FLASHCMP* (FALSHART*)
Phoebe Smith, "Yellow Handkerchief" (on Voice11)
Bodleian, Harding B 11(4190), "Flash Company" ("First I loved William, and then I loved John"), Thomas Smith (?), n.d
cf. "Oh, No, Not I" (floating lyrics)
cf. "Green Grows the Laurel (Green Grow the Lilacs)" (floating lyrics)
NOTES [100 words]: MacColl and Seeger, for some inexplicable reason, identify their fragment-of-a-fragment with Laws O 37 ("Mary on the Silvery Tide"). Their version is clearly not a unity, but since it has the chorus and form of this song (and the other bits and pieces are too small to identify), here it files.
Including their text "The False-Hearted Lover" is even more of a stretch, but it consists of one verse certainly from this song, one that seems unique, and four floaters; where else do you file it? This point is discussed in some detail in the notes to Roud/Bishop-NewPenguinBookOfEnglishFolkSongs. - RBW
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