“Rain and Snow”

Alternate titles: “Cold Rain and Snow”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: Early 1960s (recording, Obray Ramsay)
Keywords: marriage violence crime homicide corpse death wife
Found in: US(Ap)

Description

Singer's wife gives him trouble, runs him "out in the cold rain and snow." She comes downstairs combing her hair, saying she'll no longer be mistreated; he kills her (, lays out the body, then trembles with cold fear)

Notes

The liner notes to Chandler's recording lump this with "Sporting Bachelors." I demur; that's a humorous cautionary tale, while this is a tragedy. - PJS

It seems to me I've heard this done with a somewhat humorous twist, but certainly it's a distinct song. - RBW

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Recordings

References

  1. Roud #3634
  2. BI, RcRaAnSn