Mudcat Café message #4030592 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #157878   Message #4030592
Posted By: Lighter
27-Jan-20 - 03:17 PM
Thread Name: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Subject: RE: Dave Harker, Fakesong
> The girl won't have a tarry sailor for a husband until she sees his money

A strict Victorian moralist might have found the theme offensive, and "dirty" may have meant no more than "despicable" or (colloquially) "lousy."

The OED cites, for example, Byron in 1819: "'Twas for his dirty fee, And not from any love to you."