“I Ask that Gal”

Author: unknown
Keywords: bawdy sex disease lament
Found in: US(So)


When the singer asks her to give him some, she tells him to wait until the 'taters are done. He can't wait, and forces himself on her, only to lament "the 'taters got burnt an' so did I."


Sung to the melody of "Frog Went A-Courtin'." - EC

This instinctively reminds me of the story of King Alfred and the Cakes. But it's not the same story, and I would be shocked at any evidence of literary dependence. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Randolph-Legman I, pp. 133-134, "I Ask that Gal" (3 texts, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #11500
  3. BI, RL133