|Author||Topic: Add: The Three Dukes|
|dmcg||Posted - 21 Apr 07 - 08:19 am|
(Duke:) Here come three dukes a-riding, a-riding, a-riding,
Here come three dukes a-riding,
Ransam, tansam, tism, tee.
Pray what is your good will Sir, (etc)
My will is for to marry, (etc)
Pray, whom will you marry? (etc)
You're all too black and brown for me, (etc)
We're quite as white as you Sir, (etc)
You're all as stiff as pokers, (etc)
We can bend as well as you, Sir (etc).
Go through the kitchen and through the hall,
And take the fairest of them all.
The fairest one that I can see
Is [Jemima Spriggins] so come to me.
Broadwood, L, 1893, English County Songs, London, Leadenhall Press
Lucy Broadwood wrote:
|Posted - 17 Jun 10 - 06:27 am|
In central Pennsylvania in the late 1950's a version of this was still being played. The final chorus was "all on a summer's day" instead of nonsense words.
After the "bride" was chosen, she was placed behind the line and her "sisters" refused to let the "duke" marry her until he had overcome three challenges. I remember that the last was that the sisters would fill the house with garbage and the solution was to get some pigs to eat it. Then the bride was released to marry the duke. We would actually go through almost all the girls in the game until nearly all were on the duke side and there were only two sisters. Then the sister who was not chosen in that round became the duke for the next game.