“Bachelor's Hall (I)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1942 (Randolph)
Keywords: bachelor loneliness
Found in: US(So)

Description

About the sad life of a bachelor: "Bachelor's Hall, what a queer looking place it is, Keep me from such all the days of my life." The singer describes the mess and squalor of the place, and the pitiful lives of its inhabitants.

Notes

There is another "Bachelor's Hall" which describes the good life in the Hall: "No woman to scold you, No children to bawl, Always stay single, keep Bachelor's Hall."

As I have only one version of this text, I cannot really determine the relationship between the two -- but the present text is not in the same meter as the other.

Charles Dibdin wrote a piece called "Batchelor's Hall" in 1794, but I haven't found a text of that, either. - RBW

Cross references

References

  1. Randolph 475, "Bachelor's Hall" (1 text)
  2. Roud #7031
  3. BI, R475