“Blow the Candle Out”

Alternate titles: “The London 'Prentice”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1714 (Pills to Purge Melancholy) as "The London 'Prentice"
Keywords: courting nightvisit pregnancy bawdy apprentice
Found in: US(Ap,MA,NE,So) Britain(England(Lond,South),Scotland) Ireland


The singer comes to visit his love on a moonlit night. She lets him in. He points out that her parents are in bed in the next room; he suggests rolling into his arms and blowing out the candles. (Nine months later, when he is gone, she has a child)

Cross references




  1. Laws P17, "Blow the Candle Out"
  2. Randolph-Legman I, pp. 61-65, "Blow the Candle Out" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  3. Combs/Wilgus 114, pp. 140-141, "The Jolly Boatsman" (1 text)
  4. Kennedy 170, "Blow the Candle Out" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. OLochlainn-More 74, "Blow the Candle Out" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Lomax-FSNA 160, "Blow the Candle Out" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Hodgart, p.247, "Blow the Candle Out" (1 text)
  8. Ord, p. 95, "Blow the Candle Out" (1 text)
  9. Silber-FSWB, p. 156, "Blow The Candles Out" (1 text)
  10. DT 499, CANDLOUT*
  11. Roud #368
  12. BI, LP17