“Unhappy Jeremiah (The Brats of Jeremiah)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1858
Keywords: family children husband wife infidelity
Found in: US(MA)


The singer, Jeremiah, takes a wife. But soon she turns her attention from her husband to a lodger. She bears two children, but "they did not look... one bit like Jeremiah." At last she runs off with the lodger, "and left the brats for Jeremiah"

Supplemental text

Unhappy Jeremiah (The Brats of Jeremiah)
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From Norman Cazden, Herbert Haufrecht, Norman Studer, Folk Songs
of the Catskills, #134, pp. 498-499. From the singing of George

I've oft-times heard of married life
And pleasures without equal,
So I resolved to take a wife,
For it only makes a sequel.

  Ho di-ding, di-ding dang doe,
  Toddle oddle ing dee die doe.

I courted Jane the milliner,
Her parents were my betters,
But then I got enough of her,
When bound in wedlock fetters.

(6 additional stanzas)

Cross references


  1. FSCatskills 134, "The Brats of Jeremiah" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST FSC134 (Partial)
  3. Roud #4610
  4. BI, FSC134