“Trifling Woman”


"Oh, Lord, I been working like a dog all day, Just to make another dollar for you to throw away." The husband (?) complains of his wife's profligacy; she won't cook or work, but wants fine clothes to look good in. He wishes she would leave or he would die

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Trifling Woman
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From Anne Warner, Traditional American Folk Songs from the Anne &
Frank Warner Collection, #136, p. 314. From the singing of
Frank Proffitt, Watauga County, North Carolina, 1959.

O Lord, I been a-working
Like a dog all day,
Just to make another dollar
For you to throw away.

You spend all my money
And go dressed so fine,
While I wear old clothes
And don't have a dime.

(3 additional stanzas)


  1. Warner 136, "Trifling Woman" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST Wa136 (Partial)
  3. Roud #4626
  4. BI, Wa136


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1959 (Warner)
Found in: US(SE)