Posted by RRC on December 17, 2007
In Reply to: Darby and Joan posted by Taupe on December 17, 2007
: Darby and Joan. Searching, I find your site has no official entry, but has an archived reference to a 1735 ballad. And there's nothing to explain its path into my own reading, apparently to describe an old, comfortable-together couple. What's its history between 1735 and recent times? Did someone popularize it? Is or was it a common phrase?
Here's a Wikipedia on some of it's various appearances http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darby_and_joan