“I'm Despised for Being Poor”


"Farewell, false girl(s), I leave you In sorrow and in pain, My absence cannot grieve you, Soon you'll bear a stranger's name." He recalls courting the girl; though it grieves her, she has abandoned him for a rich stranger. He will enlist as a soldier


Nearly every word of this has close parallels elsewhere, except for the final line of each verse, "I'm despised for being poor" (or variants). But since that's the key to the whole song, the result probably should stand on its own. - RBW


  1. Belden, pp.194-195, "I'm Despised for Being Poor" (1 text)
  2. Roud #7944
  3. BI, Beld195


Alternate titles: “I Was Despised Because I Was Poor”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1904 (Belden)
Found in: US(So)