“Beautiful Susan”


Susan's parents take advantage of her sweetheart William's absence to inform her that he is dead. They arrange a marriage to another man. William's letter announcing his return drives her to suicide. William sees her ghost and also kills himself


Another song Laws lists as traditional, and British, even though only one version is known: The American one from the Brown collection. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Laws M29, "Beautiful Susan"
  2. BrownII 69, "Beautiful Susan" (1 text)
  3. DT 721, BEAUTSU
  4. Roud #1022
  5. BI, LM29


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (Brown)
Found in: US(SE)