What's the Matter Now?
DESCRIPTION: The singer recalls how, when she was 17, Damon wooed her with "ardent flame" and a "wounded heart." When she consented to marry, he at first gave in to her every whim. But now, his response to all requests is, "What's the matter now?"
EARLIEST DATE: 1820 (New Musical and Vocal Cabinet)
KEYWORDS: love courting marriage request rejection
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Belden, p. 255, "What's the Matter Now?" (1 text)
NOTES: Even if the flowery tone were not a giveaway, the name Damon would surely prove the English broadside origin of this piece. How it wound up in tradition in Missouri neither I nor Belden could guess. - RBW
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