I Want to Be a Mormon
DESCRIPTION: "I want to be a Mormon And live the Mormon shine (sic.) In the shade of a big cactus And drink sweet Dixie wine. The Mormons they are happy And contented all their lives, with a little patch of carrots And their houses full of wives."
EARLIEST DATE: 1947 (Hubbard-BalladsAndSongsFromUtah)
KEYWORDS: home marriage religious
FOUND IN: US(Ro)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Hubbard-BalladsAndSongsFromUtah, #213, "I Want to Be a Mormon" (1 short text, 1 tune)
NOTES [76 words]: Although apparently collected from a Mormon, I have to suspect this is in fact an anti-Mormon song, given that it refers to drinking (discouraged by the Mormons) and refers to the man having multiple wives. The song seems to view Mormonism as great fun (at least for the men); in fact, the Mormons had to work extremely hard to survive in Utah, and (for the obvious reason that men and women are about equally numerous) very few ever had multiple wives. - RBW
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