“I Truly Understand You Love Another Man”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1928 (recording, "Shortbuckle" Roark and family)
Keywords: love floatingverses nonballad rejection
Found in: US(Ap)

Description

Floating verses; "I wish to the lord I'd never been born," "Who's going to shoe your foot," "I'll never listen to what no other woman says...." Chorus: "I truly understand that you love another man/And your heart shall no longer be mine."

Supplemental text

I Truly Understand You Love Another Man
  Complete text(s)

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From the recording by George (Shortbuckle) Roark, of Pineville,
Kentucky and his family (1928). Transcribed by Lyle Lofgren.

I wish to the Lord I never been born,
Nor died when I was young,
I never would've seen them two brown eyes,
Nor heard that flattering tongue, my love,
Or heard that flattering tongue.

  I truly understand that you love another man,
  And your heart shall no longer be mine.
  I truly understand that you love another man,
  And your heart shall no longer be mine.

Who will shoe your little feet,
Who will glove your hand,
Who will kiss your red rosy cheeks,
When I'm in the foreign land, my love,
When I'm in the foreign land, my love.

Remember what you told me, dear,
As we stood side by side,
You promised that you'd marry me,
And be no other man's bride, my love,
And be no other man's bride, my love.

I never will listen what another woman says,
Let her hair be black or brown,
For I'd rather be on the top of some hill,
And the rain a-pouring down, down,
And the rain a-pouring down, down.

My father will shoe my little feet,
My mother will glove my hand,
And you will kiss my red rosy cheeks,
When I'm in the foreign land, O love,
When I'm in the foreign land, O love.

Cross references

Recordings

References

  1. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, pp. 24-25, "I Truly Understand" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Scarborough-SongCatcher, pp. 125-126, "I Truly Understand That You Love Some Other Man" (1 text, filed under Child #76 along with a "Pretty Little Foot" fragment and a text of "New River Train/Honey Babe)
  3. ST CSW025 (Full)
  4. Roud #49
  5. BI, CSW025