“Billy Johnson's Ball”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (recorded fromPeter Reilly by Kennedy)
Keywords: jealousy pride marriage dancing drink party baby family wife humorous
Found in: Ireland

Description

On his first wedding anniversary Johnson throws a party to celebrate it (and the arrival of a baby six months earlier). Johnson dances with all the girls; Mrs. Johnson gets jealous; the singer can't tell how it ended; he woke next morning under the table

Long description

On his first wedding anniversary Billy Johnson throws a party to celebrate the occasion (and the arrival of a baby six months earlier). The baby is introduced, Mrs. Johnson faints, someone gives her a drop to drink, and the dancing begins. Families are introduced; the party moves to a pub; Johnson dances with all the girls, and Mrs. Johnson gets jealous; the singer can't tell you how it all ended, only that he woke the next morning underneath the table

Notes

Kennedy, in his usual inexplicable way, compares this to Percy French's "Phil the Flut(h)er's Ball." The only connection I can see is that they're both about Irish parties. - RBW

References

  1. Kennedy 266, "Billy Johnson's Ball" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #2139
  3. BI, K266