“A Rich Old Miser”


The singer has been courted by "a rich old miser" nearly four times her age. She marries him, but he becomes jealous without cause (and beat her). At last she retaliates by breaking a ladle over his head, teaching him to be civil

Cross references


  1. Laws Q7, "A Rich Old Miser"
  2. Linscott, pp. 227-229, "The Ladle Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Warner 46, "The Battle with the Ladle" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Gardner/Chickering ,175 "A Rich Old Miser" (1 text plus an excerpt, 1 tune)
  5. DT 521, LADLESNG
  6. Roud #1004
  7. BI, LQ07


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1935 (Gardner/Chickering)
Found in: US(MW,NE) Ireland