“Gathering Rushes in the Month of May (Underneath Her Apron)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1937
Keywords: pride sex accusation questions childbirth pregnancy baby father lover sailor clothes
Found in: Britain(England(North,South))

Description

Girl gathers rushes and bears a child, wrapping it in her apron. The baby cries; her father asks who the father was and where it was conceived, vowing to burn the place. The father was a sailor; she conceived "by yonder spring, where the small birds sing"

Notes

The Elliott version has the young man as a miner, not a sailor; it is mixed with "Never Let a Sailor Get an Inch Above Your Knee"; see "Rosemary Lane" for discussion of *that* mess. - PJS

Recordings

References

  1. DT, UNDRAPRN*
  2. Roud #899
  3. BI, DTundrap