“The Old Brown Coat”


"...Come listen while I sing about The old brown coat and me." Having worked long on his father's farm, the singer at last gets his own property. The girl he loves favored another, but he proved guilty of theft. She turns to the singer; they live happily

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Old Brown Coat, The
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My Old Brown Coat and Me

From John Harrington Cox, Folk-Songs Mainly From West Virginia
(published as the second part of George Herzog, Herbert Halpert,
George Boswell, editors, Traditional Ballads and Folk-Songs
Mainly from West Virginia), #26, pp. 190-192. From Floyd Brooks
Cox, Morgantown, May 8, 1918.

I toiled upon my father's farm
  Till I was twenty-one,
And then I took a farm myself
  And manhood's life begun.
I wore a coat of homespun brown,
  It wasn't fair to see,
And all the maidens in the town
  Laughed at my coat and me.

(6 additional stanzas)


  • Lawrence Older, "My Old Brown Coat and Me" (on LOlder01)


  1. Randolph 791, "The Old Brown Coat" (1 text)
  2. JHCoxIIB, #26, pp. 190-192, "My Old Brown Coat and Me" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. ST R791 (Partial)
  4. Roud #3114
  5. BI, R791


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1918 (Cox)
Found in: US(Ap,MA,So)