In Reply to: Stay too long at the fair posted by ESC on January 19, 2009 at 21:02:
: : : : What's the origin of: 'stay too long at the fair'?
: : : I couldn't find it in my references. I think the origin comes from staying too long at the once-a-year carnival, county fair, etc., to the point a person is dazzled and unsatisfied with ordinary life. But a search online gave another meaning, "don't stay too long at the fair," quit when you're ahead.
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: : ........ and possibly before you upset the folks back home - including a worried / suspicious girlfriend. There's an old song (too chintzy to be called a folksong, more a children's song):
: : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny's_So_Long_At_The_Fair. Dated 1770s in the UK, 1790s in US.
: I thought there was a song -- searched lyrics + stay too long at the fair. Didn't find anything.
"Have I Stayed Too Long at the Fair?" sung by Barbra Streisand circa 1963 written by Billy Barnes.