Several days ago, I asked if anyone knew the origin of I’ll Tell Ma Mither.
Yesterday, Dani pointed out that it’s very similar to the Irish folksong I’ll Tell Me Ma.
Here’s Dani’s letter:
I can’t tell you much about the I’ll Tell My Mither rhyme, but it does have several lines in common with the folk song I’ll Tell my Ma, which I gather is from the Belfast area:
I’ll Tell My Ma
I’ll tell my ma when I go home
the boys won’t leave the girls alone!
They pulled my hair, and they stole my comb
(but that’s all right, ’til I go home).
It’s one of my favourites. :-)
Also, the Rankin Family did a very nice version a while back, I believe.
Hope this was of use! Dani
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