Tumble Her on the Grass

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TUMBLE HER ON THE GRASS. English, Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The title and tune appear in the large 1840 music manuscript collection of multi-instrumentalist John Rook, of Waverton, near Wigton, Cumbria. Franis Grose's Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1796) gives the phrase 'tumble her on the grass' as synonymous with the euphemisms 'green gown' and 'to give a girl a green gown', i.e. sexual coupling outdoors.

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