Women all tell me (The)
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WOMEN ALL TELL ME, THE. English, Air (6/8 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. A very popular convivial song that appears in broadside ballads around 1740-1750. It was much anthologized in songsters and collections such as The Wreath (1753), The Muses Delight (1754), The Bullfinch, The Convivial Songster (1782), etc., and was published by Ritson in his Select Collection of English Songs (1783). The first stanza goes:
The women all tell me I’m false to my lass,
That I quit my poor Chloe and stick to my glass;
But to you men of reason, my reasons I’ll own,
And if you don’t like them, why let them alone.