“Unfortunate Miss Bailey”

Author: George Colman
Earliest date: 1840 (broadside by Such of London)
Keywords: seduction suicide humorous nightvisit ghost soldier
Found in: Britain(England(Lond)) Canada(Mar)

Description

Captain Smith seduces Miss Bailey, who hangs herself. One night her ghost returns and upbraids him, saying she's been ill-used, and the parson won't bury her. The captain gives her money to bribe the sexton, whereupon she vanishes, content.

Notes

This song is variously credited to George Colman the elder (1732-1794) and George Colman the younger (1762-1836). As it appears in the latter's play "Love Laughs at Locksmiths," the younger seems a stronger candidate. - RBW

Cross references

Broadsides

References

  1. Friedman, p. 54, "Unfortunate Miss Bailey" (1 text)
  2. Fowke/Johnston, pp. 183-185, "Unfortunate Miss Bailey" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. PBB 88, "Unfortunate Miss Bailey" (1 text)
  4. Silber-FSWB, p. 182, "Unfortunate Miss Bailey" (1 text)
  5. DT, BAILYGHO
  6. Roud #4549
  7. BI, FR054