“The Oyster Girl”


The singer meets an oyster girl and proposes that they take a room at the inn to discuss the sale. When they arrive, she picks his pocket and jumps out the window. He is left with a kettle of oysters and a bill to pay

Cross references

  • cf. "Quare Bungo Rye" (mysterious--read female--"box" motif)


  1. Laws Q13, "The Oyster Girl"
  2. SHenry H725, p. 278, "The Basket of Oysters" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Kennedy 234, "The Oyster Girl" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. MacSeegTrav 48, "The Oyster Girl" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Chappell-FSRA 48, "The Oyster Girl" (1 text)
  6. DT 524, OYSTRGAL*
  7. Roud #875
  8. BI, LQ13


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1904
Found in: US(SE) Britain(England(South,North),Scotland(Aber),Wales) Ireland