Oh Mother a Hoop

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OH! MOTHER A HOOP. AKA and see "Molly's Hoop." English, Air (6/8 time) and Country Dance Tune. A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The melody appears under the same name in Wright's Country Dances ("Molly's Hoop"). The melody was was used in Cibber's Love in a Riddle (1729) for his song "What woman could do, I have tried, to be free,” and in several other ballad operas. The lyric depicts a young woman decrying for a desired fashionable item, a hoop skirt.

What a fine thing I have seen to-day,
Oh! Mother a hoop!
I must have one, you cannot say nay,
Oh! Mother a hoop!
For husbands are gotten this way, to be sure,
Men's eyes and men's hearts they so neatly allure,
Oh! Mother a hoop!

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Times), 1859; p. 649-650. Scott (English Song Book), 1926; p. 46.

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