“Half-Past Ten”


The singer courted "wifie Jean," but her parents always locked the door at half past ten. Eventually she sees to it that the clock stops so she has more time with the young men. Finally her parents agree to the marriage; all live happily thereafter


  • NLScotland, R.B..m.168(213), "Half-Past Ten," Robert MacIntosh (Glasgow), c. 1850; also L.C.Fol.178.A.2(077), "Half-Past Ten," unknown, c. 1870


  1. Ford-Vagabond, pp. 110-112, "Half-Past Ten" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Ord, pp. 71-72, "Half-Past Ten" (1 text)
  3. Roud #2856
  4. BI, FVS110


Author: Catherine Mackay Bacon
Earliest date: 1904 (Ford)
Found in: Britain(Scotland)