“Barney McShane”


As Barney McShane is passing the widow's door it begins to pour down rain. She tells him to come in; she'll fix him some tea and they can cuddle. The song praises her beauty


This has a powerful flavor of the music hall about it, and I wouldn't be at all surprised to learn of a Harry Lauder recording. But in his introduction, Warde Ford reports learning it from a Nevada man, and his brother Bogue from someone from Los Angeles.So it's in the oral tradition, and it's narrative, so in it goes. - PJS


  • Bogue Ford, "Barney McShane" (AFS 4209 B2, 1939; in AMMEM/Cowell)
  • Warde Ford, "Barney McShane" (AFS 4204 A3, 1938; tr.; in AMMEM/Cowell)


  1. Roud #15469
  2. BI, RcBaMcS


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1938 (recording, Warde Ford)
Keywords: beauty courting storm
Found in: US(MW,SW)