“Michael O'Brien”


"Come all you girls ... A man like me with property free -- how can you pass him by?" He lists his assets. But "the girls won't keep my company, they say my breath is bad ... So I'll take a stroll for the good of my soul and see my neighbor's wife"


Ives-DullCare: "It's worth pointing out that this song exhibits three Gorman hallmarks. First, it is about a man looking for a wife. Second, like 'Bachelor's Hall,' it develops its theme through a list of possessions. And third, it is said to have been made up on someone who had asked Gorman to song someone else." - BS

Cross references


  1. Ives-DullCare, pp. 52-53, 249, "Michael O'Brien" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #13990
  3. BI, IvDC052


Author: Larry Gorman
Earliest date: 1957 (Ives-DullCare)
Found in: Canada(Mar)