“Oh, How He Lied”


An "old villain" sits by a girl and smokes his cigar. She plays her guitar. "He told her he loved her but oh how he lied." They agree to marry, "but she up and died." She goes to heaven, he to hell ("sizzle, he fried"), listeners are warned against lies


Meredith/Covell/Brown notes that the tune for this is a waltz by Joseph Granz Karl Lanner. - RBW


  • Joe Foss & his Hungry Sand Lappers, "Oh How She Lied" (Columbia 15268-D, 1928)
  • Pete Seeger, "Oh How He Lied" (on PeteSeeger31)


  1. Meredith/Covell/Brown, pp. 130-131, "Don't Tell a Lie" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 257, "She Sat on Her Hammock" (1 text)
  3. Silber-FSWB, p. 31, "Oh, How He Lied" (1 text)
  4. DT, HELIED*
  5. Roud #13621
  6. BI, FSWB031B


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1928 (recording, Joe Foss & his Hungry Sand Lappers)
Found in: US Australia