“Whistle, Daughter, Whistle”
Earliest date: 1868 (Notes & Queries); a manuscript copy from 1740 has been alleged (this is probably a copy known to Halliwell)
Found in: US(Ap,SE,So) Britain(England) Ireland
The mother offers her daughter a (cow) if she will whistle. The daughter says she cannot. The request is repeated with (sheep, etc.); each time the daughter refuses. Finally the mother offers a man; the daughter engages to whistle with all her might
Whistle, Daughter, Whistle
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From Vance Randolph, Ozark Folksongs, Volume I, #109B, p. 411.
Collected from May Kennedy McCord, July 12, 1936.
Whistle, daughter, whistle, and you shall have a cow,
I cannot whistle, mother, you never showed me how.
Whistle, daughter, whistle, and you shall have a sheep.
I cannot whistle, mother, and neither can I sleep.
(8 additional stanzas)
This song has a close German parallel known, e.g., as "Spinn Spinn"; note that this was actually collected in Pennsyvania and printed in Henry. - RBW
[Sharp reports of his version,] "The words given me by the singer were a little too free and unconventional to be published without emendation, but the necessary alterations have, nevertheless, been very few and unimportant." - PJS
- Randolph 109, "Whistle, Daughter, Whistle" (1 text plus 2 fragments, 2 tunes)
- Sharp-100E 59, "Whistle, Daughter, Whistle" (1 text, 1 tune)
- BrownII 186, "Whistle, Daughter, Whistle" (1 text plus mention of 2 more)
- Lomax-FSNA 107, "Whistle, Daughter, Whistle" (1 text, 1 tune)
- SharpAp 134, "Whistle, Daughter, Whistle" (1 text, 1 tune)
- Chase, pp. 138-139, "Lolly Too Dum" (2 texts, 1 tune, with the first actually being this song)
- Opie-Oxford2 128, "Whistle, daughter, whistle" (3 texts)
- Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #255, p. 158, "(Whistle, daughter, whistle)"
- MHenry-Appalachians, pp. 219-220, "Spin, Meine Liebe Tochter" (1 text)
- Silber-FSWB, p. 343, "Whistle, Daughter, Whistle" (1 text)
- BBI, ZN1781, "Mother let me Marry, I long to be a Bride"
- ST R109 (Partial)
- Roud #1570
- BI, R109