Dumb Wife, Lyric Variant 03
 


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Title

Dumb Wife, Lyric Variant 03

Description

One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in excellent physical condition. The document was laminated.

Subject

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

Publisher

W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Date Created

7/3/2008

Contributor

I. G. Greer

Rights

The images and audio files contained in the "So Mote It Ever Be: The Folksong Heritage of North Carolina's Northern Blue Ridge Mountains" collection are available for free personal, non-commercial, and educational use, provided that proper citation is used (e.g. I. G. Greer/W. Amos Abrams Manuscript Files Series, Folksong Files Subseries. W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection. Special Collections. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC). Any commercial use of the materials without the written permission of Appalachian State University is strictly prohibited. Please contact the Appalachian State University W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection with specific questions or with requests for further information.

Format

pdf

Language

English
English

Type

Typescript

Transcription

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 living wife of the numb, numb, numb.
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 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, undone, 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.

Classification Title

Dumb Wife, Lyric Variant 03

Document Title

The Dumb Wife

Scholarly Classification

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

Dimensions - Original

216 mm x 280 mm

Upload Date

2013-09-26

File name

113_DumbWife_Lyric_03

Transcription Date

2008-07-03

Transcribed By

Paul L. Robertson

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