“I Want a Nice Little Fellow”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (recording, Kelly Harrell)
Keywords: courting love money hardtimes mother children father betrayal abuse technology drink
Found in: US

Description

The singer hopes for a rich, pleasant husband so she won't spend her whole life working. Johnny promises her wealth, but mother notes that her husband made the same promise and broke it. The girl promises to return if Johnny breaks his promise

Notes

The reference to automobiles implies that this song is not much older than Harrell's recording. It also has a sort of a prohibitionist undertone. But it feels traditional. While I suspect it of being a composed song, I don't think Harrell learned it from sheet music. - RBW

Recordings

References

  1. Roud #13154
  2. BI, RcIWANLF