“Oh, How He Lied”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1928 (recording, Joe Foss & his Hungry Sand Lappers)
Keywords: courting marriage music death lie Hell humorous
Found in: US Australia


An "old villain" sits by a girl and smokes his cigar. She plays her guitar. "He told her he loved her but oh how he lied." They agree to marry, "but she up and died." She goes to heaven, he to hell ("sizzle, he fried"), listeners are warned against lies


Meredith/Covell/Brown notes that the tune for this is a waltz by Joseph Granz Karl Lanner. - RBW



  1. Meredith/Covell/Brown, pp. 130-131, "Don't Tell a Lie" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 257, "She Sat on Her Hammock" (1 text)
  3. Silber-FSWB, p. 31, "Oh, How He Lied" (1 text)
  4. DT, HELIED*
  5. Roud #13621
  6. BI, FSWB031B