DESCRIPTION: Singer laments his bachelor life. He sends a letter to his girlfriend, proposing that she share his lot; she answers by telegram, refusing. He replies, "If you don't like my bait, you need not to bite my hook"
AUTHOR: Steve Ledford?
EARLIEST DATE: 1934 (recording, Bill Carlisle)
KEYWORDS: loneliness courting rejection bachelor
FOUND IN: US(SE)
Smiling Bill Carlisle, "Bachelor's Blues" (Vocalion 02819, 1935; rec. 1934)
Steve Ledford & the Mountaineers "Bachelor Blues" (Bluebird B-7626, 1938)
New Lost City Ramblers, "Bachelor Blues" (on NLCR13)
NOTES: A conundrum: The song is credited to Steve Ledford, but Bill Carlisle's recording precedes Ledford's by four years. -PJS
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