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Susan of DT Shaking hands in folksongs - instances? (40) RE: Shaking hands in folksongs - instances? 19 Apr 13


One version of Black Jack Davey (Child #200) has this verse

She pulled off her long black gloves
All made of Spanish leather
She gave to him her lily white hand
and said good-by for ever

Sweet William's Ghost (Child #77)

They spent the night in deep discoursing
Concerning their courtship sometime ago.
They kissed, shook hands with sorrowful parting,
Just as the cocks began to crow.

Verse in I'm a Rover, where they shake hands when he enters, rather than leaves,as in the Night Visiting song mentioned above

She opened the door wi' the greatest pleasure,
She opened the door and let him in,
They baith shook hands and embraced each other
Until the mornin' they lay as one.

From The Ship Carpenter's Wife

The hammer came down, concluding the sale,
Poor "Tarry" paid down then the brass on the nail ,
He shook hands with Betsy and gave her a smack,
And took her away straight home on his back.

From the Hiring Fair of Hamiltonsbawn

He brought me home that evening and made me lots of tea
He fried me eggs and bacon and then he shook hands with me.
Saying, "you must be good worker and do the best you can,
If you don't I'm afraid you won't be here." says Mr. Tom McCann

There are lots more - search the DT.


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