“Beautiful Susan”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (Brown)
Keywords: death trick suicide ghost love
Found in: US(SE)

Description

Susan's parents take advantage of her sweetheart William's absence to inform her that he is dead. They arrange a marriage to another man. William's letter announcing his return drives her to suicide. William sees her ghost and also kills himself

Notes

Another song Laws lists as traditional, and British, even though only one version is known: The American one from the Brown collection. - RBW

Cross references

References

  1. Laws M29, "Beautiful Susan"
  2. BrownII 69, "Beautiful Susan" (1 text)
  3. DT 721, BEAUTSU
  4. Roud #1022
  5. BI, LM29