“The Frowns That She Gave Me”


"When first to this country a stranger I came, I placed my affection on a beautiful dame." ""Oh Susan... Won't you leave your old parents?" "Oh William, that never would do." "Take warning by me, Never place your affections on a green growing tree"


This is another of those all-floating-verse pieces -- the first lines are from "The Banks of the Bann," then material that reminds us of "Green Grow the Lilacs" and others; then verses asking the girl to leave home that could be from anywhere, then the remark "Since it is no better I'm glad it is no worse," and finally a bit from "Oh No, Not I." - RBW

Cross references

  • cf. "When First To This Country (I)" ("When First Unto This Country" lyrics) and references there
  • cf. "Oh No, Not I" (floating lyrics)


  1. Randolph 752, "The Frowns That She Gave Me" (1 text)
  2. Roud #4296
  3. BI, R752


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1934 (Randolph)
Found in: US(So)