Nothing Else to Do (I)
DESCRIPTION: On a nice day the singer skips work and "went to see my sweetheart, As I'd nothing else to do." They go for a walk, he kisses her -- having nothing else to do -- and proposes. She says, "perhaps I may my dear, When I've nothing else to do."
EARLIEST DATE: before 1870 (broadside, LOCSheet, Music A-1875)
KEYWORDS: courting marriage questions humorous
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Williams-Thames, p. 143, "Nothing Else to Do" (1 text) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Gl 157)
LOCSheet, Music A-1875, "As I'd Nothing Else to Do" ("'Twas a pleasant summer's morning"), Lee & Walker (Philadelphia), 1860-1869 (with tune)
NOTES [82 words]: A reference to this song -- or one closely related to it -- in an 1870 novel shows that it was well enough known to be mentioned in passing as an "ould song": "... isn't that the very thing the ould song advises us: 'Sure 'tis then I will get married, Whin I've nothing else to do, Whin I've nothing else to do; An 'tis then I will get married, Whin I've nothing else to do'?" (Source: (anonymous),In re Garland: a Tale of a Transition Time, (London, 1870 ("Digitized by Google")), p. 84) - BS
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