Jeannie's Aa the Go

Title - Jeannie's Aa the Go
Alternate Title - The Knickerbocker Line
Contributors - Lucy Stewart
Reporters - Prof. Kenneth Goldstein

Summary - A nonsense song:

Watch her, twig her, pipe her as she goes,
High heels, paintit boots, an paintin on the toes.
Jeannie's aa the go, boys, Jeannie's aa the go,
And yet she wis a dabber if she only had the nose.

[First verse repeat.]

She's hump-backed, pock-marked, one of her eyes are blind,
She's feet for killin clocks [beetles] and bunions on the toes,
She has feet for killin clocks and bunions on her toes,
And yet she wis a dabber if she only had the nose.

[First verse repeat.]

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:01:14
Date Recorded - 1959.12.26
Language - English, Scots
Genre - Song
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 54685
Original Tape ID - SA1960.141
Original Track ID - SA1960.141.A13
Audio Quality - Fair
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - R18836; R2149;

Recording Location:
  County - Aberdeenshire
  Parish - Old Deer
  Village - Fetterangus

Item Notes - 4 verses of 4 lines (verses 1, 2 and 4 are the same). The first of these verses is found as a refrain in several inter-related songs including 'The Knickerbocker Line' (Roud Folk Song Index no. 2149) and 'The Grimsby Fisherman' or 'The Dogger Bank' (Roud 18836).
The following lines are from Sam Larner's rendition of 'The Dogger Bank' (aka 'Watch Her, Catch Her') in 'Singing Island' (E. MacColl & P. Seeger, 1960, pp. 61):
So watch her and twig her, the porra-per-ay she goes,
High heels, painted toes, Jinny is all the go.
She is one of the flash girls, doesn't she cut a shine?
She can do the double shuffle on the Knickerbocker Line.
See also:
Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, Harding B 11(1436)
'Folksongs of Britain & Ireland' (P. Kennedy, 1975) pp. 707-708, no. 323
'Folk Songs of the Catskills' (N. Cazden, H. Haufrecht & N. Studer, 1982) pp. 543-554

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