“Courting in the Kitchen”


The singer warns listeners against love, "The devil's own invention." He courts a serving girl in her master's kitchen. When her master returns unexpectedly, she claims that the singer was forcing himself upon her. He winds up in prison

Same tune

  • Obstruction (Healy-OISBv2, pp. 154-156)


  • Bodleian, Firth c.18(275), "Courting in the Kitchen," W.S. Fortey (London), 1858-1885; also 2806 c.14(39), "Courting in the Kitchen"


  • The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, "Courting in the Kitchen" (on IRClancyMakem01)


  1. Laws Q16, "Courting in the Kitchen"
  2. Mackenzie 147, "Courting in the Kitchen" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. OLochlainn 32, "Coortin' in the Kitchen" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. DT 527, COORTINK*
  5. Roud #1007
  6. BI, LQ16


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1886 (broadside, Bodleian Firth c.18(275))
Found in: Canada(Mar) Ireland