I Am a Peaceful Woman, Lyric Variant 02


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I Am a Peaceful Woman, Lyric Variant 02


One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. There is lamination-related creasing on the document. The upper corners were folded into the laminate. There is a moderate tear at the lower left edge. There is some minor acid-related staining at the top and bottom edges of the document. The document title is handwritten in black ink.


Folk songs -- United States Marital conflict -- Songs and music Quarreling -- Songs and music


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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I am a Peaceful Woman

I am a peaceful woman
And I never will complain,
But since I wed I’m almost dead
My husband is insane.
He keeps me jumping through a hoop,
He’s gone from bad to worse.
He does’nt seem to wanrt a wife,
What he needs is a nurse.
When I try to have my way,
He’ll yell at me and say,
“You’re goint to loose your husband if you do.
Go right ahead and I wont worry,
Have a hot time in a hurry.
‘Ere you start on your way,
I have just this word to say
You’re going to loose your husband, your husband, your husband.
You’re going to loose your husband if you do.

I could’nt wear a hobble skirt when they were all the go.
How I suffered on windy days no one shall ever know.
And now I want a harem skirt, he can’t see them at all
He says, “United we will stand,divided we will fall.”
Said he, “You’ll take a chance if you wear those harempants.
You’re going to lose your husband if you do.
Though you may think my ways uncouth,I won’t stand for the naked truth
And while your charms it may enhance to wear those nifty harem pants,
You’re going to lose your husband if you do.

I want to sing Grand Opera, I have a lively voice!
The way I sing”Ill’ trovatore “ would make your heart rejoice.
To have a job like Melba’s has always been my wish
But every time I try to sing I have to dodge a dish.
I felt down hearted when he cried,”Don’t sing again,
You’re going to lose your husband if you do.
“I have a lovely voice,” I cried.
He answered,”Tie that dog outside,I have a new song to rehearse.
He says,”Don’t start the second verse,
For you’re goint to lose your husband if you do.”

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I Am a Peaceful Woman, Lyric Variant 02

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I Am a Peaceful Woman

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Paul L. Robertson