Is a question about the meaning of the a phrase used in a poem off topic on ELU?
To be clear, I'm not interested in interpretation or analysis of the poem as a whole, just the limited meaning of a phrase.
Here is the question:
I kissed her for her mother,
I gev' her one, two, three;
I squoze her for her brother—
'T was all the same to me.
I understand this is not standard English, but how I should read the phrases "for her mother" and "for her brother" in this context? It could be "in honor of her cultural heritage", but the other lines seem to contradict this; or am I missing something obvious?
The author was Australian and this poem was written at the end of the 19th century, so perhaps this is a regionalism particular to his dialect.