“Pretty Polly (IV)”


Polly will not marry the singer; his poverty would grieve her parents. He replies, "Some say I am rakey... But I'll prove... that I'm guilty of nothing but innocent love." He sets out for New Orleans to marry another, but decides he loves Polly too much


Although this piece consists largely of floating verses, the combined effect is unique and deserves to be considered a separate song. - RBW


  1. Combs/Wilgus 133, p. 144, "Pretty Polly" (1 text)
  2. Roud #4296
  3. BI, CW133


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1924
Found in: US(Ap)