Before the Daylight in the Morning (Dirty Nell)
DESCRIPTION: The singer complains of his wife, who lives off his money and refuses to do any work. He gives graphic details of how dirty she is and how filthy she leaves their home. He prays "that God or the devil may whip her away Before the daylight in the morning."
EARLIEST DATE: 1960 (Leach-Labrador)
KEYWORDS: husband wife home hardtimes
FOUND IN: Canada(Mar,Newf) US(MW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Leach-Labrador 121, "Dirty Nell" (1 text, 1 tune)
Sara Cleveland, "Before the Daylight in the Morning" (on SCleveland01)
cf. "Darby O'Leary" (tune)
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.