I Wish I Was a Single Girl Again, Lyric Variant 03
 


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“I Wish I Was a Single Girl Again, Lyric Variant 03,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed December 7, 2022, https://omeka.library.appstate.edu/items/show/31592.


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Title

I Wish I Was a Single Girl Again, Lyric Variant 03

Description

This item is part of the I. G. Greer Folksong Collection which consists of more than 300 individual song titles and their variants as collected by Isaac Garfield Greer (1881-1967) from informants, primarily in Ashe, Wilkes and Watauga counties. The collection includes manuscripts, typescript transcriptions produced by Dr. Greer’s clerical staff, and handwritten musical notations. Songs range from traditional Child Ballads, traditional English and Scottish ballads as well as their American variants, to 19th century popular music to musical compositions of local origin.

Subject

Folk songs--United States
Married people--Songs and music
Mothers--Songs and music
Poverty--Songs and music
Regret--Songs and music

Alternative Title

Single Gal, The Single Girl, I Wish I Were Single Again, A Drunkard, The Drunkard's Wife, A Married Woman's Lament, I'm Satisfied, I Wish I Were a Single Girl Again

Publisher

W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Contributor

Greer, I. G. (Isaac Garfield), 1881-1967

Format

PDF

Language

English

Type

Text

Transcription

Sngle Gal.

When I was single, I went dressed all so fine.
Now I am married, I go ragged all the time .
Oh, I wish I was a single Gal again.


When I was single My new shoes would screak.
Now I am married, and Oh, my shoes do leak.
Oh, I wish I was a single gal again.


Two little children a cryin’ for bread.
Nothing to give them ,an’ I almost wish I’S dead.
Oh, I wish I was a single gal again.


One a cryin’ "Mammy I want a piece of bread."
The other cryin’ "Mammy, I want to go to bed."
Oh, I wish I was a single gal again.


Wh their little feet and send them to bed.
'Lon comes their Daddy and asks if they’ve beenfed
Oh, I wish I was a single gal again.


Wh their little hands and send them to school.
‘Long comes that drunkard and calls me a fool.
Oh, I wish I was a single gal again.


Dishes to wh and the spring to go to.
When you are married you have it all to do.
Oh, I wish I was a single gal again.


Chickens to feed, the cows are to milk.
The blamed little children are all cryin’ yet.
Oh, I wish I was a single gal again.

It’s hard to married, an’ not have enough of bread.
But I’d rather marry the devil than never to be wed.
Oh, I wish I was a single girl again.

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Drink and Gambling Songs - 28 Randolph, 366 Combs, 178 Warner, 126

File name

113_IWishIWasASingleGirlAgain_Lyric_03

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