“The Lonesome (Stormy) Scenes of Winter”


The singer insists that a girl tell him whether she will marry him or not. She will not; she has another lover. He berates her love of wealth and threatens to go away as a soldier/sailor. (In some texts she changes her mind, but the man has a new girl.)


The editors of _Sam Henry's Songs of the People_ place H637 (p. 385, "Lovely Nancy") here -- but I frankly don't see the kinship. Belden, in discussing the matter, says that a song he knows as "Proud Nancy" (I assume the same piece) has "a like theme but little verbal resemblance." - RBW


  • Lewis McDaniel & Walter Smith: "I Went to See My Sweetheart" (Victor 23505, 1930; on ConstSor1)
  • Southern Melody Boys, "Lonesome Scenes of Winter" (Montgomery Ward 7227, 1937)


  1. Laws H12, "The Lonesome (Stormy) Scenes of Winter"
  2. Belden, pp. 195-196, "The Lonesome Scenes of Winter" (1 text)
  3. MHenry-Appalachians, pp. 136-137, "The Lonesome Scenes of Winter (All in the Scenes of Winter" (1 text)
  4. Wyman-Brockway II, p. 94, "The Gonesome [sic] Scenes of Winter" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Dean, pp. 108-109, "Lonesome Hours of Winter" (1 text)
  6. Fowke/Johnston, pp. 156-157, "The Stormy Scenes of Winter" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Fowke/MacMillan 57, "The Lonesome (Stormy) Scenes of Winter" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. McNeil-SFB1, pp. 127-129, "Lonesome Scenes of Winter" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. Shellans, pp. 38-39, "The Scornful Lover" (1 text, 1 tune)
  10. Creighton/Senior, pp. 209-212,"Stormy Winds of Winter" (4 texts, 1 tune)
  11. Creighton-SNewBrunswick 50, "The Stormy Winds of Winter" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  12. Peacock, pp. 445-446, "Flora" (1 text, 1 tune)
  14. Roud #443
  15. BI, LH12


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1904 (Belden)
Found in: US(Ap,MW,SE,So) Canada(Mar,Newf)