“The Love-of-God Shave (Lather and Shave)”


Paddy asks the barber for a shave on credit. The barber is prepared; he has a razor just for such people. The injured Paddy flees the shop. Some time later, he hears a jackass bray near the shop and assumes someone else asked for a love-of-God shave


Broadside Bodleian Firth b.27(285) is hard to read but has the tune as something like "Flare Up Neddy."

Broadside LOCSinging sb20272b: H. De Marsan dating per _Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song_ by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site. - BS


  • Bodleian, Firth b.26(197), "Lather Em, Shave Em," John Ross (Newcastle), 1847-1852; also Harding B 11(1927), "Lather 'Em, Shave 'Em"; Harding B 11(2085), Harding B 11(2632), "Lather-Em, Shave-Em"; Firth c.26(49), Harding B 11(1867), Harding B 11(1868), Harding B 11(2633), "[A] Love of God Shave" ; Firth b.27(285), "The Love o' Good Shave"
  • LOCSinging, sb20272b, "Lather and Shave," H. De Marsan (New York), 1861-1864; also as202090, "Lather and Shave"
  • Murray, Mu23-y1:067, "Lather 'Em, Shave 'Em," James Lindsay (Glasgow), 19C
  • NLScotland, L.C.Fol.178.A.2(082), "A Love of God Shave," unknown, c.1870


  1. Laws Q15, "The Love-of-God Shave (Lather and Shave)"
  2. Belden, pp. 249-251, "The Monkey Turned Barber" (3 texts, but only B2 is the piece; A and B1 are "The Monkey Turned Barber")
  3. Warner 178, "Lather and Shave" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. FSCatskills 120, "Lather and Shave" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  5. Creighton-Maritime, p. 136, "Love O'God Razor" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Meredith/Anderson, pp. 211-212, "The Love-of-God Shave" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Kennedy 227, "The Irish Barber" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. Beck 83, "Lather and Shave" (1 text)
  9. cf. Gardner/Chickering, p. 483, "The Trust Shave" (source notes only)
  10. DT 526, LOVEGOD
  11. Roud #571
  12. BI, LQ15


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1858
Keywords: humorous animal trick
Found in: US(Ap,MA,MW,SE,So) Britain(England(South)) Ireland Australia