“No, John, No”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1904 (Sharp)
Keywords: courting questions rejection
Found in: US(Ap,MW,So) Britain(England(South))

Description

The man asks the girl if she will marry. She informs him that her father has told her to answer all men's questions "No." After several exchanges, he asks something like "Do you refuse to marry me? Do you want me to leave?" She, of course, answers "No."

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Recordings

References

  1. Randolph 385, "No Sir! No Sir!" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Eddy 48, "No, Sir" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Kennedy 138, "No Sir" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. BrownIII 14, "No, Sir" (2 texts plus mention of 2 more)
  5. Wyman-Brockway II, p. 98, "'No, Sir, No!'" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Fuson, p. 81, "No, Sir; No" (1 text)
  7. Sharp-100E 68, "O No, John!" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. Lomax-FSNA 161, "Uh-Uh, No" (1 text, 1 tune, probably with more than a little of "Wheel of Fortune" mixed in)
  9. Silber-FSWB, p. 345, "No John" (1 text)
  10. BBI, ZN2244, "Pretty Betty, now come to me" (?)
  11. DT, ONOJOHN*
  12. Roud #146
  13. BI, R385