I'd Rather Be Dead
DESCRIPTION: "I rather be dead an' laid in de dirt Than to see my gal with her feelin's hurt." "I rather be dead an' laid in de sand Than to see my gal with another man." "I rather be dead an' laid in de ground Than to see my gal in anoder weddin' gown."
EARLIEST DATE: 1916 (White)
KEYWORDS: death jealousy burial
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
BrownIII 443, "I'd Rather Be Dead" (1 text)
BrownSchinhanV 443, "I'd Rather Be Dead" (1 tune plus a text excerpt)
NOTES: I suspect this is a fragment of something longer, in which the singer explains the reason for his jealousy. But I can't say what the longer piece is. - RBW
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