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GUEST,Anne Croucher Origins: tailor's britches (or breeches) (11) RE: Origins: tailor's britches (or breeches) 13 Aug 04

I think this was sung by the Elliots in Barnsley Yorkshire before I left home in 1969.

I use several different twists - I use the rhyme claim and dame rather than decared and maid in the third verse - which isn't.

In petticoats the tailor they swiftly did adorn
The maid the tailor's britches she very soon put on

rather than 'she quickly did adorn' which feels clumsy.

I usually repeat the last line so the audience can join in with the best bits.


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