DESCRIPTION: "Maurice Kelly one night when about three parts loaded" is beaten by a ghost. "Twas Kelly's wife dressed up in white to keep him from drinking... he got such a fright he won't stir after night But right after supper goes ... straight off to bed."
AUTHOR: Johnny Burke?
EARLIEST DATE: 1929 (Greenleaf/Mansfield-BalladsAndSeaSongsOfNewfoundland)
KEYWORDS: fight drink humorous wife ghost
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (7 citations):
Greenleaf/Mansfield-BalladsAndSeaSongsOfNewfoundland 78, "Maurice Kelly" (1 text, 1 tune)
Leach-FolkBalladsSongsOfLowerLabradorCoast 122, "Kelly and the Ghost" (1 text, 1 tune)
Guigné-ForgottenSongsOfTheNewfoundlandOutports, pp. 228-229, "Kelly and the Ghost (Maurice Kelly)" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Johnny Burke (William J. Kirwin, editor), _John White's Collection of Johnny Burke Songs_, Harry Cuff Publications, St. John's, 1981, #13, p. 28, "How Kelly Fought the Ghost" (1 text)
Michael P. Murphy, _Pathways through Yesterday_, edited by Gerald S. Moore, Town Crier Publishing, 1976, pp. 158-159, "How Kelly Fought the Ghost" (1 text)
Ralph Pennell, "Kelly and the Ghost" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
cf. "Kate and Her Horns" [Laws N22] (gimmck)
NOTES [15 words]: For background on probable author Johnny Burke, see the notes to "The Kelligrews Soiree." - RBW
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