I Wish to My Lord I Was Single Again
DESCRIPTION: An aged, lame miser marries a twenty-one year old "silly young maid." He can't please her in speech, bed, or trying to help around the house. She scorns or beats him. He would be happy "if she should sicken and happen to die"
EARLIEST DATE: before 1839 (broadside, Bodleian Bod18614 Firth c.20(66))
KEYWORDS: age shrewishness infidelity marriage clothes dancing party sex rejection violence food ordeal
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Owens-1ed, pp. 246-248, "I Wish to My Lord I Was Single Again" (1 text, 1 tune)
Owens-2ed, p. 124, "I Wish to My Lord I Was Single Again" (1 text, 1 tune)
Bodleian, Bod18614 Firth c.20(66), "Silly Young Maid" ("I am an old miser both aged and lame"), J. Catnach (London), 1813-1838; also Bod5931 Harding B 17(285b), Bod11747 Harding B 11(3519A), Bod2429 Harding B 11(3842), Bod13966 Harding B 11(752), Bod20866 Harding B 20(18), Bod12593 Harding B 11(3520), "Silly Young Maid"
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 2016 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.