“I Wish My Granny Saw Ye”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1930 (Ord)
Keywords: clothes trick courting baby
Found in: Britain(Scotland)

Description

Country lad Johnny Raw comes to town, where the girls giggle, "I wish my granny saw ye." He buys a girl a wedding dress; she laughs at him. A girl asks him to carry her baby; he consents. She disappears, and he is left to care for the child

Notes

Although the general theme of a country boy who falls prey to city tricks occurs throughout this song, I have to suspect it is at least somewhat composite, with the girl-and-baby theme translated bodily into a newer framework. - RBW

Cross references

References

  1. Ord, pp. 395-396, "I Wish My Granny Saw Ye" (1 text)
  2. Roud #5614
  3. BI, Ord395B