“Life Presents a Dismal Picture”


The physical and psychological woes of a family detailed. (The problems are usually sexual in nature, and the family may be very extended.)


Sung to the melodies of "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" or "Scarlet Ribbons." - EC


  1. Cray, pp. 114-116, "Life Presents a Dismal Picture" (2 texts, tune indicated)
  2. Randolph-Legman I, pp. 527-530, "Life Presents a Dismal Picture" (3 texts, 2 tunes)
  3. Roud #10130
  4. BI, EM114


Alternate titles: “A Letter from Home”; “My Family Life”
Author: unknown
Found in: Australia Canada Britain(England) US(MA,So,SW)