Mudcat Café message #3098694 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #33059   Message #3098694
Posted By: MGM·Lion
19-Feb-11 - 05:00 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Take Her Out of Pity/Old Maid's Song
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take Her Out of Pity
This is one of the few folksongs referred to by Jane Austen. In Northanger Abbey, a character asks "Did you ever hear the old song 'Going to one wedding brings on another'?"

The sentiment is also well documented as a proverb, appearing as such, with 4 references, under "Wedding" in The Oxford Dictionary Of Proverbs.

Another woman who used regularly to sing the Old Maid In A Garrett version was Isabel Sutherland, the Scottish resident in a folk club run in the late 1950s by Bruce Dunnett (who employed also an English resident, Shirley Collins; an Irish one, Dominic Behan; an American, Sandy Paton + Stan Kelly as compère & anchor-man).