“The Low Back Car”


"When first I saw sweet Peggy... A low-backed car she drove." "The man at the turnpike bar" was too stunned by her appearance to collect the toll. Men are knocked down by her glance. The singer imagines driving in the low-backed car to be married.


Note that there is no connection, save the title, between this and the song we have indexed as "The Low-Backed Car."

The tune to this is said to be "The Jolly Ploughboy," but since there are several songs with that approximate title, it isn't much help. - RBW


  • Bodleian, Harding B 26(397), "The Low-Backed Car", J. Moore (Belfast) , 1846-1852; also Johnson Ballads 1101, "The Low Back'd Car"; Harding B 11(2253), Harding B 20(148), "The Low Back Car"; Harding B 11(2254), Firth b.26(233), 2806 b.11(253), "The Low-Back Car"
  • NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(122b), "The Low-Backed Car," Poet's Box (Glasgow?), 1878


  1. O'Conor, pp. 87-88, "The Low Back Car" (1 text)
  2. Roud #6954
  3. BI, OCon087


Author: Samuel Lover (1797-1868)
Earliest date: before 1853 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 26(397))
Keywords: beauty nonballad