“Lucy Long (I)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: apparently 1854, when a "Lucy Long" tune was cited in Put's Golden Songster
Keywords: wife shrewishness
Found in: US(SE,So)

Description

"If I had a scolding wife, As sure as you are born, I'd take her down to New Orleans And trade her off for corn."

Notes

Randolph and Brown both report this as a fragment of "Lucy Long," and I file it as such. It is interesting to note that both have the *same* single-stanza fragment; it seems likely enough that that one verse circulates on its own -- perhaps as the only traditional part of the song. - RBW

References

  1. Randolph 279, "If I Had a Scolding Wife" (1 fragmentary text, 1 tune)
  2. BrownII 200, "If I Had a Scolding Wife" (1 fragment)
  3. BrownIII 415, "Lynchburg Town" (3 texts plus 2 fragments, 2 excerpts, and mention of 2 more, all with the "Lynchburg Town" chorus, but "A" and "B" have verses from "Raccoon" and "Possum Up a Gum Stump and "D" and "E" are partly "If I Had a Scolding Wife" ("Lucy Long (I)"); only "C" seems to be truly "Lynchburg Town")
  4. Roud #7413
  5. BI, R279