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ZiPpY the Cyberpimp 10 Oct 96 - 12:49 AM
schneid@worldsite.net 14 Oct 96 - 04:25 AM
the_old_mole@prodigy.com 20 Oct 96 - 03:48 PM
Murray@saltspring.com 03 Jun 97 - 02:52 AM
Hutch 03 Jun 97 - 10:02 AM
Bert Hansell 03 Jun 97 - 10:12 AM
Bo Vandenberg 03 Jun 97 - 03:56 PM
bo 04 Jun 97 - 12:13 PM
lindahl@pbm.com 04 Jun 97 - 02:18 PM
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Subject: Bawdy Song Mail List
From: ZiPpY the Cyberpimp
Date: 10 Oct 96 - 12:49 AM

I once heard that there was a Bawdy Song Email List. Does anyone have any info on this? I'm a collector of this genre (Dick has my '94 collection, some of which are in DigiTrad). Appreciate any assistance.

ZiPpY


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Subject: RE: Bawdy Song Mail List
From: schneid@worldsite.net
Date: 14 Oct 96 - 04:25 AM

Hello,

I am, also, a fan and collector of BAWDY songs, lusty limericks, and their ilk. I've been slowly trying to assemble enough prime material to record a C-D of the real stuff in the best faux Moe Asch tradition.

I wish could help you with the link. if you find it out, please pass it on to me.

Perhaos, though, we might trade songs and sources. I'm WAY INTO THIS genre. You ust have he IMMORTALIA, of course - and Vance Randolph's books. And G.Legman..etc...

Best,

Chales Schneider

schneid@worldsite.net


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Subject: RE: Bawdy Song Mail List
From: the_old_mole@prodigy.com
Date: 20 Oct 96 - 03:48 PM

My first time browsing here...found my way to this site after browsing thru the digitrad catalog, where I was disappointed NOT to find "Twas on the Good Ship Venus."

Tad Richards the_old_mole@prodigy.com


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Subject: RE: Bawdy Song Mail List
From: Murray@saltspring.com
Date: 03 Jun 97 - 02:52 AM

Perhaps Ed Cray of USC, compiler of The Erotic Muse (two editions!!) will know about this--I'll e-mail him to ask. Actually I'll e-mail you, Charles, & old mole as well, & if ZiPpY wants to give me his (her?) address, we can at least start our own. I have compiled an index of bawdy songs [with a few recitations, like "The Portions of a Woman", "Sonia Snell" etc., besides the saga of "Eskimo Nell", all of which don't have tunes, as far as I know]. I've also done some research into Scottish bawdry, with the intent of putting out a whole anthology; but nil has so far come of this. I'm interested, of course, in seeing how these songs [like other folksongs] change as they cross frontiers. Cheers MS


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Subject: RE: Bawdy Song Mail List
From: Hutch
Date: 03 Jun 97 - 10:02 AM

I'm not quite sure what quallifies a song as bawdy, but here's one to look for. If I can get access to a copy soon I'll type out the words. It's a tudor song called "Watkin's Ale" and it has nothing to do with beer. It might be a bit (only a bit, mind you) subtle to be classified as Bawdy. It's a good song though.


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Subject: RE: Bawdy Song Mail List
From: Bert Hansell
Date: 03 Jun 97 - 10:12 AM

Murray,

You've just gotta post the words to Sonia Snell, I'ts years since I've heard that one.

Bert. albert.hansell@bentley.com


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Subject: RE: Bawdy Song Mail List
From: Bo Vandenberg
Date: 03 Jun 97 - 03:56 PM

I'm really interested in this sort of thing as long as it stays with bawdy ie "artistic" songs rather than just filth for filth sake.

Here by the way is Watkin's Ale (save you the typing)

Watkin’s Ale

There was a maid this other day, and she must needs go forth to play

And as she walk'd, she sit'th and said, I am afraid to die a maid

With that beheld a lad, What talk this maiden had

Whereof he was full glad, And did not spare

To say, fair maid I pray, Whither go you today?

Good sir, then she did say, What do you care?

For I will, without fail, Maiden, give you Watkin's Ale

Watkin's Ale, good sir, quoth she

What is that? I pray you tell me.

Tis sweeter far than sugar fine, And pleasanter than Muscadine

And if you please, fair maid, to stay, A little while with me to play

I will give you the same, Watkin's Ale call'd by name

Or else I were to blame, In truth, fair maid

Good sir, quoth she again, If you will take the pain

I will it not refrain, Nor be dismay'd

He took this maiden then aside, And led her where she was not spied

And told her many a pretty tale

And gave her well of Watkin's Ale.

Good sir, quoth she in smiling sort, What do you call this merry sport?

Or what is this you do to me? Tis called Watkin's Ale, quoth he

Wherein fair maid you may, Report another day

When you go forth to play, How you did speed

Indeed good sir, quoth she, It is a pretty glee

And it well pleaseth me, No doubt indeed

Thus they sported and they play'd, This young man and this pretty maid

Under a bank whereas they lay, Not long ago this very day

When he had done to her his will, They talk'd of what it shall not skill

At last quoth she, saving your tale, Give me some more of Watkin's Ale

Or else I will not stay, For I must needs away

My mother bade me play, The time is past

Therefore good sir, quoth she, If you have done with me

Nay soft fair maid, quoth he, Again at last

Let us talk a little while, At that the maid began to smile

And said, good sir, full well I know, Your ale, I see, runs very low

This young man then being so blam'd, Did blush as one being asham'd

He took her by the middle small, And gave her more of Watkin's Ale

And said, fair maid I pray, When you go forth to play

Remember what I say, Walk not alone

Good sir, quoth she again, I thank you for your pain

For fear of further stain, I will be gone

Farewell maiden, then quoth he, Adieu good sir, again quoth she

Thus they parted till at last, Thrice three months had come to pass

This maiden then fell very sick, Her maidenhead began to kick

Her colour waxed wan and pale, With taking much of Watkin's Ale

I wish all maidens coy, That hear this pretty toy

Wherein most women joy, How they do sport

For surely Watkin's Ale, And if it not be stale

Will turn them to some bale, As hath report

New ale will make their bellies bowne, As trial by this same is well known

If any here offended be, Then blame the author, blame not me.


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Subject: RE: Bawdy Song Mail List
From: bo
Date: 04 Jun 97 - 12:13 PM

Sorry bout the length of the post the # of lines in the verses (from the top) are : 9,9,9,7,8,8 unless anyone has anything different. I'd be interested to hear any variation/corrections.

bo


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Subject: RE: Bawdy Song Mail List
From: lindahl@pbm.com
Date: 04 Jun 97 - 02:18 PM

The original of Watkins ale is on my sixteenth century ballads page, and no, it isn't a troubadour song. I also have midi for the tune.

http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/ballads/


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Subject: RE: Bawdy Song Mail List
From: kiwi@unagi.cybernothing.org
Date: 13 Jun 97 - 04:07 PM

And of course no bawdy song collection would be complete without Celia on the Spinnet, The Gathering of the Clans (a.k.a. The Ball of Ballynore), the Chandler Shop, and Roll Your Leg Over!


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Subject: RE: Bawdy Song Mail List
From: catfeet
Date: 13 Jun 97 - 05:45 PM

Ok, With a thread entitled bawdy ballads,I have to ask. I have been looking for a song for literally years called Bend over Greek sailor. It is supposed to be, having never heard it just of the title and famed repute, the most bawdy song around. Does anyone know, and is it too disgusting to post?

Here's hoping, Catfeet


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Subject: RE: Bawdy Song Mail List
From: Artful Codger
Date: 25 Apr 06 - 06:47 PM

I have an old record by The City Waites called "A Gorgeous Gallery of Gallant Inventions" which contains a number of bawdy songs. Their version of "Watkin's Ale" ends:

"This proverb is taught in schools:
It is no jesting with edged tools!"

which has more punch than the usual "If any here offended be..."


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