“The Disappointed Lover (I)”


"Once I courted a pretty little Miss, I courted her for my own... She's taken flight and she's gone." "I walked up and down, just like a man in a haze." When she sees him, she gives a kind smile but no more. He warns her new man to treat her well


Roud lumps this with "The Bonny Boy (I)" and related songs -- but I suspect this is desperation; his #293 is a catchall of unhappy-lover songs. this appears to be, at the very least, rewritten from "The Bonny Boy," so I've split it -- with full awareness that there are a lot of other items out there much like this. - RBW


  1. MHenry-Appalachians, pp. 157-158, "The Disappointed Lover" (1 text)
  2. Cambiaire, p. 39, "The Disappointed Lover" (1 text, almost certainly from the same source as Henry's though he does not list an informant)
  3. Roud #293
  4. BI, Camb039


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1932 (Henry)
Found in: US(Ap)