Daughter comes to mother, asking to be married. Mother, after pointing out she's young, asks who she will marry. Daughter says, "Handsome Dan" -- or any of forty more if he's not available. (The daughter marries, and mother looks for a husband herself)


This song is named for its chorus, "Lolly-too-dum, lolly-too-dum-day." Thematically, it is identical to "I Must And Will Get Married (The Fit)," but the stanza form is different enough that I have separated them. (Roud, of course, lumps them.) - RBW

Cross references


  • Horton Barker, "Rolly Trudum" (on Barker01)
  • May Kennedy McCord, "Rolly Trudum" (AFS; on LC12)
  • Pete Seeger, "Lolly Too Dum" (on PeteSeeger32)


  1. Belden, p. 266, "Mother and Daughter" (1 text)
  2. Randolph 370, "Rolly Trudum" (2 texts plus an excerpt, 1 tune)
  3. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 299-300, "Rolly Trudum" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 370A)
  4. Hudson 134, pp.280-281 , "Rolly Trudam" (1 text)
  5. Lomax-FSUSA 12, "Lolly-Too-Dum" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Chase, pp. 138-139, "Lolly Too Dum" (2 texts, 1 tune, but the first is "Whistle, Daughter, Whistle")
  7. Silber-FSWB, p. 344, "Lolly-Too-Dum" (1 text)
  9. Roud #441
  10. BI, LxU012


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1910 (Belden)
Found in: US(Ap,So)