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Thread #17061   Message #868619
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
16-Jan-03 - 03:11 PM
Thread Name: DTStudy: The Basket of Eggs
Subject: RE: DTStudy: The Basket Of Eggs
The set of Quare Bungle Rye (Roud 2404) in the DT has acquired as hero a sailor (likely borrowed from Basket of Eggs) instead of the usual exciseman or just "I", but I wouldn't really consider the songs to be particularly related, though the story is similar. The luckless protagonist there is a complete stranger, and not the father of the child. Broadside copies can be seen at the Bodleian, as Bung Your Eye.

Equally, The Christmas Goose or The Brisk Butcher (Roud 167) although also based on the same basic joke, is "family" only in the loosest sense, really.

See also these discussions, which include variants and links to broadside examples:

Leistershire Maid [sic]

Manchester cornstalk