Shirt I Left Behind, The

DESCRIPTION: The singer quits Dan McCann's lodgings but leaves his shirt. McCann's daughter tells him to retrieve it. That night, drunk, he sees the shirt coming down the street, hit it with a brick, and kills McCann's daughter who was in it. He is fined ten quid.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1988 (McBride)
KEYWORDS: homicide clothes drink humorous derivative
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (1 citation):
McBride 64, "The Shirt I Left Behind" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "The Girl I Left Behind Me (II - lyric)" (tune) and references there
NOTES [44 words]: Maybe it needs to be sung to be "humorous." [Alternately, maybe one needed to know McCann and/or his daughter? Perhaps there is a reason the song is not widely known.... - RBW] The parody is only in the tune and "the shirt I left behind me" end of each verse. - BS
File: McB1064

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List

Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography

The Ballad Index Copyright 2018 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.