“The Young Man Badly Walked”


The singer comes to Belfast and meets a girl. They stop for drinks. She takes him "home." He pays the landlady, planning to marry next day. He wakes alone, with no watch, chain, money, coat, or boots. A man throws him out. "Simple country lads," beware.


Leyden: "A song set in High Street and York Street [Belfast] in the late 1870s." - BS

Cross references

  • cf. "Gold Watch [Laws K41]" (plot) and references there
  • cf. "The Reason Why" (plot)


  1. Leyden 30, "The Young Man Badly Walked" (1 text)
  2. BI, Leyd030


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1989 (Leyden)