Wicked Wife o' Fife, The
DESCRIPTION: The singer's wife refused to feed him, even after he bought her a new gown. He beat her with a hazel stick. She ran home to her mother who convinced the singer to take her back. He would beat her again if she were not good. He has no more trouble.
EARLIEST DATE: 1905 (GreigDuncan7)
KEYWORDS: abuse husband mother wife
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Greig #13, p. 2, "The Hazel Rung" (1 text)
GreigDuncan7 1283, "The Wicked Wife o' Fife" (8 texts, 5 tunes)
cf. "The Wife Wrapt in Wether's Skin" [Child 277] (theme) and references there
NOTES [25 words]: This looks to me like a modified version of "The Wee Cooper of Fife." But Ben splits them, presumably because of the family negotiations involved. - RBW
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