“A Warning to Girls”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1928 (Cox)
Keywords: love betrayal drink floatingverses baby disease
Found in: US(Ap)

Description

"I once loves a young man So dear to my life, He told me so often He would make me my wife." "He fulfilled his promise, He made me his wife... I have ruined my whole life." In floating verses, she laments her sick baby and drunken husband and warns others

Notes

This song, or at least the version collected by Cox, is almost all floating verses (the only significant exception is the second stanza in which the man marries the singer). But that verse changes the tone of the whole piece (what would otherwise be a lost love song becomes a bad marriage song), causing me to file it separately.

Roud, curiously, files it with "The Cuckoo." If I had to file it with one well-known song, it would be "On Top of Old Smokey." - RBW

Cross references

References

  1. JHCoxIIB, #14, pp. 153-154, "A Warning to Girls" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #413
  3. BI, CoxII14