“John Styles and Susan Cutter”


John and Susan are popping corn. At last "said she, 'John Styles, it's three o'clock, I'm dying of digestion; Instead of always popping that old corn, Why don't you pop the question?'"

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John Styles and Susan Cutter
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From Norman Cazden, Herbert Haufrecht, Norman Studer, Folk Songs
of the Catskills, #155, p. 579. From the singing of Elwyn Davis.

And there they sat a-popping corn,
John Styles and Susan Cutter;
John Styles as strong as any ox,
And Susan soft as butter.

(1 additional stanza)


Cazden et al note that this piece is sung to the tune of "The Old Gray Goose (Lookit Yonder)," and was sung continuously with it; the two might form one ballad. - RBW

Cross references

  • cf. "The Old Gray Goose (Lookit Yonder)" (tune)


  1. FSCatskills 155, "John Styles and Susan Cutter" (1 text+additional composed verses; tune referenced)
  2. ST FSC155 (Partial)
  3. BI, FSC155


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1982
Keywords: humorous food courting
Found in: US(MA)