“All Bound Round with a Woolen String”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1939 (Linscott)
Keywords: death clothes
Found in: US(NE)

Description

"There was an old man and he wasn't very rich, And when he died, he didn't leave much But a great big hat with a great big rim All bound 'round with a woolen string. A woolen string (x2), All bound round... A great big hat with a... All bound round...."

Notes

Linscott believes the words to this to be related to "All Around My Hat." I don't see the resemblance; it made me think of "The Miller's Three Sons." The tune is said to be related to the Irish air "Old Rose Tree." - RBW

References

  1. Linscott, pp. 157-158, "All Bound 'Round with a Woolen String" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #3725
  3. BI, Lins157