Love is Teasing

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  • Teideal (Title): Love is Teasing.
  • Uimhir Chatalóige Ollscoil Washington (University of Washington Catalogue Number): 860203.
  • Uimhir Chnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann (National Folklore of Ireland Number): none.
  • Uimhir Roud (Roud Number): 1049.
  • Uimhir Laws (Laws Number): none.
  • Uimhir Child (Child Number): none.
  • Cnuasach (Collection): Joe Heaney Collection, University of Washington, Seattle.
  • Teanga na Croímhíre (Core-Item Language): English.
  • Catagóir (Category): song.
  • Ainm an té a thug (Name of Informant): Joe Heaney.
  • Ainm an té a thóg (Name of Collector): Mary E. Johnson.
  • Dáta an taifeadta (Recording Date): 05/10/1980.
  • Suíomh an taifeadta (Recording Location): Plowshares Coffee House, San Francisco, California, United States of America.
  • Ocáid an taifeadta (Recording Occasion): céilí (Larry Lynch).
  • Daoine eile a bhí i láthair (Others present): unavailable.
  • Stádas chóipcheart an taifeadta (Recording copyright status): unavailable.

I wish, I wish, I wish in vain
I wish I was a maid again
But a maid again I will never be
‘Til apples grow on a laurel tree.

I left my father, I left my mother
I left my brothers and my sisters, too
I left my friends and my own relations
I left them all for to follow you.

Love is teasing and love is pleasing
Love is a pleasure when first it’s new
But as love grows older it still grows colder
And fades away like the morning dew.

Love and porter makes young men older
Love and whiskey makes them young again
What cannot be cured, love, must be endured, love
So now I’m bound for Americay.


In some performances, Joe liked to follow this song with ‘Whiskey, You’re the Devil.’