Source: The original Miller of Dee from Bickerstaffe's "Love in a village" (1762)
There dwelt a miller, hale and bold, beside the river Dee;
He danced and sang from morn till night, no lark so blithe as he;
And this the burden of his song forever used to be: -
"I care for nobody, no not I, if nobody cares for me.
1. I was reading https://english.stackexchange.com/a/96966/50720 when I lighted upon this, so why are the problems concerning the accusative (me) vs nominative case (I) here?
How do you determine/deduce what the last line means?
care for nobody, I really do
care for nobody, if nobody cares for me.
3. I care for nobody, no not even for myself, if nobody cares for me.