“Fill, Bowl, Fill”


A servant outwits a king, beds the queen, and marries the princess in this cante-fable. When the king orders the servant to fill a bowl with song, the servant cleverly retells the story of his triumph, until the king relents.


For folktale references, see Vance Randolph, Who Blowed Up the Churchhouse (NY: Columbia University Press, 1952), pp. 185-186; and his Pissing in the Snow (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1976), pp. 47-50. - EC


  1. Randolph-Legman I, pp. 348-350, "Fill, Bowl, Fill" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  2. BI, RL348


Author: unknown
Found in: US(So)