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Summerisle Rugby Union drinking songs

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Rosemary Lane is an English traditional that tells a story about the seduction of a domestic servant by a sailor.

The earliest appearance of Rosemary Lane in popular culture dates to 1904.

Folklorists Steve Roud and Julia Bishop, in their 2012 book on the origins of English folk songs, describe Rosemary Lane as:

“An extremely widespread song, in Britain and America. Its potential for bawdry means that it was popular in male-centred contexts such as rugby clubs, army barracks and particularly in the navy, where it can still be heard, but traditional versions were often collected from women as well as men.”

Bert Jansch recorded the tune for his 1971 classic LP of the same name.

Bert Jansch – Rosemary Lane

There are copies Rosemary Lane available from Discogs


gif from La Chenille de la carotte (1911), director unknown