“Scolding Wife (IV)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1926 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: husband wife fight marriage courting abuse
Found in: Ireland

Description

"Come all ye sprightly sporting youths, wherever you may be, You'll never know your misery till married that you'll be." The singer describes all the ways in which his wife makes his life miserable, and hopes she dies before she kills him

Notes

The notes in Henry/Huntington/Herrmann observe that this has the same subject and metrical pattern as "The Scolding Wife (I)." But there seem to be no common lyrics at all; I (hesitantly) declare them separate. The chorus of the Henry text is

For she's aye, aye scowlin', an' she's aye scowlin' me,

She's for everlasting scowlin' and she canna let me be.

Roud lumps this with "The Sporting Bachelors," and I cannot deny the close similarity in themes. But the two appear somewhat different in both form and emphasis. - RBW

Cross references

References

  1. SHenry H145, p. 503, "The Scolding Wife" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Ord, p. 151, "The Bad Wife" (1 text)
  3. Roud #5556
  4. BI, HHH145