“Get Up and Bar the Door”

Alternate titles: “The Old Man and the Door”; “Johnny Blunt”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1769 (Herd)
Keywords: humorous robbery bargaining contest
Found in: Britain(England(South),Scotland(Aber)) US(Ap,MW,NE,So) Canada(Mar,Newf)

Description

Old man and old wife must bar the door; neither wants to. They agree that whoever speaks first shall bar the door. Thieves enter the house, and play tricks on the couple. At last the old (man) cries out; the (wife) orders him orders him to bar the door

References

  1. Child 275, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (3 texts)
  2. Bronson 275, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (20 versions)
  3. BarryEckstormSmyth pp. 318-321, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (2 texts, 2 tunes) {Bronson's #17, #10}
  4. Flanders-Ancient4, pp. 72-75, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Ford-Vagabond, pp. 148-150, "The Barrin' o' the Door" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Randolph 34, "Get Up and Shut the Door" (2 fragments, 1 tune) {Bronson's #20}
  7. Gardner/Chickering 153, "Arise and Bar the Door" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's #5}
  8. BrownII 43, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (2 texts)
  9. Davis-Ballads 44, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (1 fragment, possibly this song)
  10. Creighton/Senior, pp. 92-93, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's #4}
  11. Greenleaf/Mansfield 18, "Joan and John Blount" (1 text)
  12. Peacock, pp. 239-240, "Bar the Door O" (1 text, 1 tune)
  13. Leach, pp. 657-658, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (1 text)
  14. OBB 172, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (1 text)
  15. Niles 58, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (1 text, 1 tune)
  16. Combs/Wilgus 38, pp. 128-129, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (1 text)
  17. JHCox 185, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (1 text)
  18. Hodgart, p. 77, "Get up and Bar the Door" (1 text)
  19. DBuchan 62, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (1 text)
  20. TBB 40, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (1 text)
  21. HarvClass-EP1, pp. 87-88, "Get Up and Bar the Door" (1 text)
  22. DT 275, BARDOOR* BARDOOR2 JHNBLNT BARDOOR4*
  23. Roud #115
  24. BI, C275