The eighteenth century - a country dance, perhaps?
Or a bawdy ballad?
The nineteenth century - a perfume or bar of soap
Early nineteenth century - various
- Kiss me quick and resolute. So adieu, signior.
John Ford, Edinburgh 1811
- Kiss me quick, my Minnie's coming
song listed in a collection from 1824
- “I forgot to thank you,” said she, “for the double cowslips ; look how pretty they are. and smell how sweet the violets are in my bosom, and kiss me quick, for I shall be left behind.” Susan kissed the little breathless girl ...
Parent's Assistant, by Maria Edgeworth, Boston 1826
- Kiss me quick! Kiss me Gerald
from The Last Desmonds; or the Graves of a Household (United States Review 1843)
the name of a racehorse which came third in the Derby ands Oaks Stakes of 1848
Mid nineteenth century - a kind of bonnet
- but as Susannah did not obey, he took the trouble to peer at her face half hidden by a large "kiss-me-quick".
Rural Repository, Hudson, NY, 1844
- Seen from the Bowery, it looks like a barn with a 'kiss-me-quick' hood on
The Knickerbocker, New York, 1844
- There is a wide scope for coquettish taste in the arrangement of different wraps. Cloak hoods are sometimes used; again the veritable 'kiss-me-quick,' is seen.
The Ladies' National Magazine, Philadelphia, 1848
- The gaudy Kiss-me-quick bonnet had been exchanged for a neat straw cottage one
Ainsworth's Magazine, London, 1851
- The southern ladies have got up a bonnet as an offset to the " kiss-me-quick," and the " hold-me-fast," of the north. They call it the "No-you-don't"
Yankee Notions, or the whittling of of Jonathan's Jack-knife, New York, 1852
- "Goodness gracious!' shreaked her ladyship, 'What a bird! I shall die if I do not get a couple of feathers from its tail for my new "kiss-me- quick" and "wide-awake"! '
The Knickerbocker, New York, 1853
Various from the mid-nineteenth century
Kiss Me Quick and Go - from negro melody to rockabilly
The New Orleans original
My Sweet Tarlina Spray
De more we whispered our love talking
De more we had to say.
Kiss me quick and go,
To cheat surprise and prying eyes,
Why, kiss me quick and go.
A Dickens connection?
Charles Dickens: A Sketch of His Life and Works, by Frederic Beecher Perkins, Hippolyte Taine, New York 1870
The rockabilly adaptation
Softly whispering', always coonin'
Thought the old folks and the children were in bed
I heard footsteps softly walkin'
And you bet I then quit talkin'
And she hist a little and squivered up and said
And no-one will ever know
It's too late to longer stay
Kiss me quick, my honey
Oh, kiss me quick and go
The 1960s - Elvis Presley (and Karen Lane)
Hold me close and never let me go
'Cause tomorrows can be so uncertain
Love can fly and leave just hurting
Kiss me quick because I love you so
My mother's looking in and out the door
You'd better kiss me quick, quick, kiss me quick and go
You'd better quick, quick, kiss me quick and go
The Buckleys and their version
- Buckley's Ethiopean Melodies, New York 1853, with a good introduction about the Buckleys.
- American Memory - nineteenth century songsheet
The Rockabilly song
- The Georgia Yellow Hammers, 1920s?
- Maddox Bros and Rose, 1953
- Mudcat - forum discussion on the origins
- Victor Discography