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Posted - 14 Apr 03 - 02:06 pm

Who will shoe my Foot? [Georgie Jeems]

"Oh, who will shoe my narrow, narrow foot,
And who will glove my hand,
And who will wrap my narrow, narrow waist
With a new-made London band?

"Oh who will comb my yellow, yellow hair,
With a new-made silver comb,
And who will father my pretty little babe
Till Georgie Jeems comes home?"

Fair Annie she stood at her true love's door,
And tirled the drawling-pin.
"Rise up, rise up, young Georgie Jeems,
And let your true love in."

"Oh, don't you remember, young Georgie Jeems,
When we two sat to dine,
You taken the ring from off my hand
And changed your ring for mine.

"And yours was good and very, very goof
But not so good as mine;
For yours was of the good red gold
But mine the diamonds fine."

Source: Randolph, V, 1982. Ozark Folksongs, Illinois Press, Urbana


Randoph wrote:

The old ballad "The Lass of Roch Royal" (No 76 in Child's coolection) has been reported somewhat rarely from the United States, although twice it was found in West Virginia, by Cox (1925), and Combes (1925). Even here, according to Cox's headnote, it seems to derive from print. But the "who will shoe my foot" line, evidently derived from this ballad, is common in many songs of lovers' parting. A. K. Davis (1929), found several of these pieces in the Virginia collection, but does not admit them to the full status of variants of Child 76. The same is true of Belden (1940), who gives a very full discussion of this question.


Sung by Irene Carlisle, Fayetteville, Ark., Dec 9, 1941. She calls it "Georgie Jeems" and learned it from her grandmother about 1912.

Database entry is here.

Edited By dmcg - 14/04/2003 14:20:15

masato sakurai

Posted - 31 Aug 03 - 01:45 am

Bronson (Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads, vol. II, 1962) includes "Who Will Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot" variants under the entry of "The Lass of Roch Royal."

Malcolm Douglas
Posted - 31 Aug 03 - 02:56 am

Roud, on the other hand, classifies this under number 422 (Turtle Dove, Blackest Crow, etc). That's probably a safer bet in the generality, though doubtless there are at least some Who Will Shoe My Foot variants that belong to the Child 76 group. Bronson also considered Hares on the Mountain to be a degenerate form of The Two Magicians, and I think the jury is out on that one, too.

masato sakurai

Posted - 31 Aug 03 - 04:23 am

The "who will shoe/dress your pretty little feet" stanzas are also in the lyrics of THE STORMS ARE ON THE OCEAN [audio; from Honkingduck] by the Carter Family (rec. 1935). This is a lyrical song.


I'm going away to leave you, love,
I'm going away for a while.
But I'll return to you sometime,
If I go ten thousand miles.

The storms are on the ocean,
The heavens may cease to be.
This world may lose its motion, love,
If I prove false to thee.

Oh, who will dress your pretty little feet,
Oh, who will glove your hand,
And who will kiss your rosy red cheeks
When I'm in a far-off land.

Oh, papa will dress my pretty little feet,
And mama will glove my hand,
And you can kiss my rosy red cheeks
When you return again.

Oh, have you seen those mournful doves
Flying from pine to pine,
A-mourning for their own true love
Just like I mourn for mine.

The 1927 recording has this additional stanza at the end:

I'll never go back on the ocean, love,
I'll never go back on the sea,
I'll never go back from the blue-eyed girl
Till she goes back on me.

Mary in Kentucky

Posted - 31 Aug 03 - 04:15 pm

~another of my favorites. Also, did you know that the melodic theme for "who will shoe your foot" (as in He's Gone Away) was used in the song, Come Share My Life in the movie, How the West Was Won. As best I remember it was only used as background music.......really sounded old and folkie.

masato sakurai

Posted - 01 Sep 03 - 12:24 am

Thanks, Mary. I didn't know that, but I have the tune in my vague memory. The following is the first half of the version from Carl Sandburg's The American Songbag (Hartcourt, Brace & World, 1927, pp. 3-7).

T:He's Gone Away
B:Carl Sandburg, The American Songbag (1927, pp. 3-7)
D2 G2 G d3|e e d2 B B2 A|G4z2G B|
w:I'm goin' a-way for to stay a lit-tle while, But I'm
d d B2 G A B2|G G2 _E D4-|D4zz2D|
w:com-in' back if I go ten thou-sand miles._ Oh,
G2 B2 B2 A2|G6zG|B2 d2 =f2 e2|d4zz2G|
w:who will tie your shoes? And who will glove your hands? And
B2 d ^f2 e d e|d2 B2 G2 _E2|D4z4|z4z2D D|
w:who will kiss your ru-by lips when I am gone? Oh, it's
G2 G2 B3 A|G6zG|B2 d2 =f2 e2|d4z2zG|
w:pap-py'll tie my shoes, And mam-my'll glove my hands, And
B2 d f2 e d e|d2 B2 G2 _E2|(D4D2)z2|z4z2E D|
w:you will kiss my ru-by lips when you come back!_ Oh, he's
G8|D2 G2 d d3|e e d2 B B2 A|G4z2G B|
w:gone, he's gone a-way, For to stay a lit-tle while; But he's
d d B2 G A B2|G G2 _E D4||
w:com-in' back if he goes ten thou-sand miles.

Sandburg included "Who Will Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot?" (3 versions) separately (pp. 98-99).

Edited By masato sakurai - 01-Sep-2003 00:41:07 AM

Mary in Kentucky

Posted - 01 Sep 03 - 12:52 am

hmmmmm...looks like another book I just *have* to have! ;-)

You'll see the melodic theme I'm talking about there. Ten Thousand Miles was also in that movie.

masato sakurai

Posted - 01 Sep 03 - 04:06 am

Mary, how about this one?

T:He's Gone Away
B:Norman Luboff & Win Stracke, Songs of Man (Prentice-Hall, 1965, pp. 112-113)
"Refrain"A,2 D3 D|A6 BB|A2 F2 F E3|D8-|
w:I'm goin' a-way for to stay a lit-tle while,
D2 DF A A3|F6 DE|F2 D2 D2 _B,2|
w:_ but I'm com-in' back, tho' I go ten thou-sand
A,8-|A,4z2|:"Verse"A,A,|D2 F2 F3 E|
w:miles._ And it's who will shoe your
w:__ And it's papa will shoe my
D4z2DD|F2 A2 =c3 B|A6 DD|
w:foot? And it's who wll glove your hand? And it's
w:foot, And it's mama will glove my hand, And it's
F2 A2 cB AB|A4-AF D_B,|A,6 B,A,|
w:who will kiss your ru-by lips_ when I am gone. Look a-
w:you will kiss my ru-by lips_ when you re-turn. Look a-
D8-|D4 F3 E|F2 D6-|D6:|]
w:way_ o-ver Yan-dro._
w:way_ o-ver Yan-dro._

Edited By masato sakurai - 01-Sep-2003 04:10:49 AM

Mary in Kentucky

Posted - 01 Sep 03 - 04:53 am

They're both gorgeous. Aren't both tunes the same, just a little different words? I love that minor chord on "who will glove"...That's what I hear in "Come Share My Life"....pretty much a copy of these two. (I'll submit the ABC tomorrow when I find the sheet music.)

masato sakurai

Posted - 01 Sep 03 - 05:50 am

These are at the Max Hunter Collection:

0548 Who Will Shoe My Foot
0131 Who Will Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot
0808 Who Will Shoe Your Feet, My Love
1384 Who Will Shoe Your Feet
1553 Green Valley Waltz

And at the Wolf Collection:


masato sakurai

Posted - 01 Sep 03 - 10:18 am

ROUSTABOUT (from The Fiddler's Companion) also has the "Who's Gonna shoe your pretty white foot" stanza.

Mary in Kentucky

Posted - 01 Sep 03 - 02:53 pm

Here's the ABC for "Come Share My Life." (from How the West was Won, vocal selection, Robbins Music Corporation, 1963, pp.26-28). And I learned something! (other than a lot about ABC...) I said above that it had a beautiful minor chord on the words "who will glove" or "with skylarks." I thought it was a minor dimished chord making up the melody in sequential notes ------ but it's actually my favorite chord progression (or close to it) -- the "greensleeves progression" going from a tonic triad to a triad one step lower. (this case it's major to major) That's probably why I like it so much.

T:Come Share My Life
B:How the West Was Won vocal selection (1963, pp.26-28)
w:Come Share My Life_ you can make it
w:won der ful,_ Make it won der ful for a heart so much in love
w:*And I will give you spring with sky larks on the wing, And
w:gold en fire flies ech o ing the stars a bove. And all the way, ev 'ry
w:day, I'll be lov ing you *Comes win ter time we'll share the car ols
w:'round the Christ mas tree, And the storm y night will be warm and bright with the
w:me 'ry of sum mer love you have shared with me So, here's my life,
w:*come and make it beau ti ful, *There's so lit tle time and so
w:much to dream and do, *And through the years we'll share a
w:world be yond com pare, Of pre cious mem 'ries gath ered when our love was
w:new. And all the way, ev 'ry day, I'll be lov ing you.

Edited By Mary in Kentucky - 01-Sep-2003 02:52:28 PM

Edited By Mary in Kentucky - 01-Sep-2003 02:53:35 PM

masato sakurai

Posted - 26 Oct 03 - 06:20 am

LONESOME DOVE (sung by Mrs. Ben Daugherty; recorded in Cave City, AR 8/10/58) in the Wolf collection is a "Who Will Shoe My Pretty Little Feet" song.

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