Choice of a Wife, The

DESCRIPTION: "I will tell you the way I have heard some say To choose you a lovely young creature, To choose you a wife you would love as your life...." The singer says her heart should "be her best part" -- but demands blue eyes, brown hair, slender waist and ankles
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1939 (Gardner/Chickering)
KEYWORDS: courting beauty nonballad
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Gardner/Chickering 78, "The Choice of a Wife" (1 text, 1 tune)
ST GC078 (Partial)
Roud #3695
NOTES: For the record, the Gardner/Chickering text devotes one stanza to the girl's personality ("not given to flattery and cunning... with a nimble wit... tongue... not always running") but three stanzas to her need for good looks. There is no evidence that the boy brings anything good enough to let him be so picky. - RBW
File: GC078

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