“All for the Men”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1898 (Gomme)
Keywords: courting marriage beauty playparty death funeral
Found in: US(Ap,MW,SE) Britain(England) Canada(Ont)

Description

"When I was a young girl... It was primp, primp, primp this way... All for the men." Typically the girl is courted, marries, (has a child), quarrels with her husband; he died, she weeps and/or laughs at his funeral; she lives happily/as a beggar/other

Long description

"When I was a young girl... It was primp, primp, primp this way... All for the men." "The boys came courting.... It was kiss, kiss, kiss this way." "Then we quarrelled...." "Pretty soon we made it up...." "Then we married...." Girl's biography marked by the chorus "This-a-way, ha-ha, that-a-way." Typically the girl is courted, marries, (has a child), quarrels with her husband; he died, she weeps and/or laughs at his funeral; she lives happily/as a beggar/other

References

  1. Lomax-FSNA 260, "All for the Men" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BrownIII 10, "When I Was a Young Girl" (1 text)
  3. Roud #5040
  4. BI, LoF260