I Once Loved a Beautiful Lady
DESCRIPTION: Singer, unjustly jealous of his sweetheart, tells her "her love was untrue." He goes to her home to make up and propose, but finds she has died. He blames himself, and hopes for forgiveness and to see her again "in that bright happy land"
EARLIEST DATE: 1932 (Carter Family recording)
KEYWORDS: grief jealousy courting accusation beauty death mourning lover
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
Carter Family, "Why There's a Tear in My Eye" (on "The Carter Family 1930-1932," JSP Records JSP7701C CD (2010))
John Molloy, "I Once Loved a Beautiful Lady" (on MUNFLA-Leach)
Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys, "The Old Man's Story" (1938, Bluebird B 7425, 2003, "Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys - The Monroe Brothers 1937-1938," JSP Records CD JSP7712B)
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