DESCRIPTION: A teasing song with the omitted or hinted word occurring only once every four lines, rather than the more usual two. This begins with an old gent at Brighton swimming around the government pier, suggesting an English origin.
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Randolph/Legman-RollMeInYourArms II, p. 649, "The Handsome Young Farmer" (1 text)
cf. "Teasing Songs"
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