“The Mower”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1938 (recording, Warde Ford)
Keywords: sex virginity farming harvest work
Found in: Britain(England) US(MW)

Description

Singer meets a young woman; she has a small meadow needing mowing, it has never been mowed before. He mows all afternoon, but the grass remains standing; she tells him to sharpen his scythe, for the work's not finished

Notes

Lloyd remarks that the song "often appeared on 19th century broadsides," but as he gives no further dates I've refrained from citing that as earliest date. - PJS

The more so since this image is quite a common one. - RBW

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Recordings

References

  1. DT, THEMOWER
  2. Roud #833
  3. BI, DTthemow