“Curly Head of Hair”


The singer at first rejoices in his head of hair, even though it has brought him unwanted attention from apes and bears. But now he has a scolding wife, who often twists his hair, and he resolves to go and have the hair cut

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Curly Head of Hair
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From Anne Warner, Traditional American Folk Songs from the Anne &
Frank Warner Collection, #39, p. 122. From the singing of
Steve Wadsworth of New York State. Collected 1969.

You asked me for to sing a song,
I'll see what I can do.
I don't care what I sing about,
If it only pleases you.
And now I sing to you my song,
Please don't on me stare,
For there's nothing half so handsome
As a curly head of hair.

(3 additional stanzas, though the lengths differ.)


  1. Warner 39, "Curly Head of Hair" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST Wa039 (Partial)
  3. Roud #2804
  4. BI, Wa039


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1969 (Warner)
Keywords: hair humorous
Found in: US(MA,NE)