Dumb Wife, Lyric Variant 02


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Dumb Wife, Lyric Variant 02


One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. The upper left corner, the upper right corner, and the lower right corner were folded into the laminate. There are several minor tears at the right edge.


Ballads, English Ballads, Irish Mute persons -- Songs and music Marital conflict -- Songs and music

Alternative Title

The Dumb Girl. The Bonnie Blade. The Dumb Wife Cured


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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The Dumb Wife.

There was a jovial blade, and he married a country maid,
So safely he conducted her home, home, home.
She was neat in every art, and she pleased him to the heart,
But alas! and alas! she was dumb, dumb, dumb.
She could brew, and she could bake, she could cut and she could make
She could sweep in a house, with a broom, broom, broom.
She could card and she could spin, she could do most anything,
But alas! and alas! She was dumb, dumb, dumb.

A doctor, he lived nigh, and to him he did apply,
To cure his loving wife of the numb, numb, numb.
Saying: Doctor, oh Doctor, I'm undone, done, done..
He cut the chatting string, and her tongue began to ring,
And it sounded in his ear, like a drum, drum, drum.
Her tongue began to walk, and she began to talk
The same as if she/'/d never had been dumb, dumb, dumb.
She filled the house with strife, made him weary of his life,
He'd give anything again if she was dumb, dumb, dumb.

To the doctor he did go, with his heart full of woe,
Saying: Doctor, Oh Doctor, I'm undone, done, done.
For my wife, she's turned to scold, and her tongue she will not hold
I'd give anything again, if she was dumb, dumb, dumb.
It is the easiest part that belongs to my art,
To make a woman talk that is dumb, dumb, dumb.
But it's past the art of man, let him do the best he can
To make a scolding wife hold her tongue, tongue, tongue.

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Dumb Wife, Lyric Variant 02

Document Title

The Dumb Wife

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Older Ballads - Mostly British - 183 Randolph, 394

Dimensions - Original

216 mm x 357 mm

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Paul L. Robertson

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