> Haven't read all the postings on this subject yet, so
> forgive me if I duplicate someone else's, but I know I have
> a tune on either a Chieftans album or one of Derek Bell's
> albums of Carolan tunes called "Cock up your Beaver."
This is another that's always good for a round of chuckles. Sometimes
known as "Johnny, Cock Up Your Beaver," making the meaning -- push up
your beaver hat -- clearer, if less fun! This is an old and venerable
tune that apparently was pretty popular in the 18th century. As someone
else noted, Carolan wrote a set of variations for it.
Sort of on the same subject, there were apparently a lot of dance/tune
titles in the 18th century that *were* fairly prurient, but their meanings
are not always clear to us today, language/meaning changes being what
they are. For instance, "The Black Joke," refers, I am told, to a
woman's pubic hair. How this translates to other similar titles such as
"THe Red Joke" and "The Green Joke" that turn up in contemporaneous
dance/tune collections..... Well, red I suppose I can see, but green?