Songs of sex and seduction from The Folk Handbook. Right-click or CTRL-click these links to download the MIDI files of the tunes. You can then play them in QuickTime or Windows Media Player.
- The Bedmaking
This version was collected by Cecil Sharp from Mrs Lizzie Welch at Hambridge, Somerset, on April 5th, 1904. She called it ‘My Mother Sent Me To Service’.
- The Crabfish
As sung by Charlie Stringer.
- The Cunning Cobbler
Collected by Cecil Sharp from William Nott at Meshaw, Devonshire, on January 12th, 1904. The manuscript gives the song two titles: ‘The Little Cobbler’ and ‘The Cobbler And The Butcher’.
- The Game Of All Fours
Collected by Cecil Sharp from Charles Ash at Crowcombe, in Somerset, on September 16th, 1906. In the manuscript it is called ‘The Pack Of Cards’.
- The Molecatcher
Collected by George Gardiner from George Digweed at Micheldever in Hampshire in 1906.
- My Husband's Got No Courage In Him
Collected by Cecil Sharp from John Vincent (aged 72) at Harptree Lodge, Priddy, on August 29th, 1906, as ‘Oh Dear No’.
- The Nutting Girl
This version was collected by George Gardiner from Charles Chivers at Basingstoke, Hampshire, in August 1906.
- The Thrashing Machine
Collected by Cecil Sharp from William Nott (left) at Meshaw, Devonshire, on January 9th, 1904. The song is usually sung to a tune known as ‘Villikins And Dinah’.