DESCRIPTION: Ethel is the singer. Poor Leon proposed to Ethel but she rejected him to marry wealthy Claude. Leon's mother cursed her. She has been married to Claude for 30 unhappy years. Leon dies on a battle field with Ethel's picture on his breast.
EARLIEST DATE: 1950 (Owens-1ed)
KEYWORDS: courting love marriage rejection battle death money
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Owens-1ed, pp. 173-175, "Claude's Wife" (1 text, 1 tune)
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