“Thank You, Ma'am, Says Dan”


Courting song in which Dan says "Thank you, ma'am," whatever the girl's mother says. She invites him in; he thanks her. She allows him to marry her daughter. She will stay with her daughter; he will have to support the whole family. He thanks her


It would appear that copyright on this song was claimed by the Crofts. Given the various collections containing the song, however, I wonder if they really originated it. - RBW


  1. SHenry H184=689, pp. 469-470, "'Thank You, Ma'am,' Says Dan" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. OLochlainn 92, "I Thank You, Ma'am," Says Dan (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #3044
  4. BI, HHH184


Author: Gerald and Joseph M. Crofts?
Earliest date: 1927 (Sam Henry collection)
Found in: Ireland