Contented Countryman, The
DESCRIPTION: "Who would like a jovial count-e-rie life? Happy am I with my home and wife." The singer describes how his life "just suits me": They call him poor, but he has the larks and the clear sky and a loving wife. He would not "change for a crown-ed king."
EARLIEST DATE: before 1900 (broadside, Bodleian Firth c.26(85))
KEYWORDS: home work farming nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(England(Lond,South))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Kennedy 245, "The Contented Countryman" (1 text, 1 tune)
Wiltshire-WSRO Wt 490, "Out With My Gun in the Morning" (1 text)
Jimmy Knights, "Out With My Gun in the Morning" (on Voice18)
Bodleian, Firth c.26(85), "Out With My Gun in the Morning" ("I live a jovial country life"), T. Pearson (Manchester), 1850-1899; also 2806 c.16(112), "Out With My Gun in the Morning"
cf. "The Brisk and Bonny Lass (The Brisk and Bonny Lad)" (theme)
cf. "Country Life" (theme)
NOTES: Kennedy lists several other collections of what he says are this song -- but given the generic nature of this song and Kennedy's willingness to lump, I can't bring myself to trust him without seeing them. - RbW
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