“What is Home Without Love?”


A lonely rich man, passing a cottage window, sees a happy husband, wife, and baby. He weeps, "What is a home without baby To kiss, to tease and adore...." Alone in a mansion, with the wife who married him for his money, he repeats his lament


Again, Cansler implies that this is in Randolph or Belden, but we don't seem to have indexed it, or I haven't found it. - PJS

It's not in Randolph, at least, and if it's in Belden, it's under an odd title and uses an unusual first stanza. When I indexed Rorrer, I initially omitted the song because I couldn't believe such a piece of slop was traditional. - RBW

Same tune

  • Reoording: Howard Dixon & Frank Gerald (The Rambling Duet) "Woman's Answer to 'What Is Home Without Love'" (Bluebird B-7450, 1938)


  • Arkansas Woodchopper [pseud. for Luther Ossenbrink], "What is a Home Without Love" (Conqueror 7881, 1931)
  • Boone County Entertainers, "What Is Home Without Babies" (Supertone 9492, 1929)
  • Loman D. Cansler, "What Is a Home Without Love?" (on Cansler1)
  • Roy Harvey, "What Is Home Without Love" (Columbia, unissued, 1927)
  • Roy Harvey & The North Carolina Ramblers, "What Is Home Without Babies" (Brunswick 268, 1928) (Paramount 3267, 1931)
  • Monroe Brothers, "What Is Home Without Love" (Montgomery Ward M-4746, 1935; Bluebird B-6363, 1936)
  • Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers, "What Is Home Without Babies" (Columbia 15307-D, 1928)
  • Red Fox Chasers, "What Is Home Without Babies" (Supertone 9492, 1929)


  1. Rorrer, p. 82, "What Is Home Without Babies?" (1 text)
  2. Roud #15947 and 12395


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (recordings, Roy Harvey)
Found in: US(So)