Little Black Mustache, Lyric Variant 03


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Little Black Mustache, Lyric Variant 03


One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. There is a lamination-related crease at the upper left corner. All four corners were folded into the laminate. There is a moderate tear at the middle top edge. There are several minor tears at the right edge. There are minor tear holes in the document. There are minor stains of unknown origin on the document. There is a textual note handwritten in pencil to the left of the chorus. The document was folded horizontally and vertically into quarters, possibly for mailing.


Ballads, American Mustaches -- Songs and music Warnings -- Songs and music Courtship -- Songs and music

Alternative Title

The Black Mustache


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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Little Black Moustache.

Once I courted a charming beau,
I loved him dear as life.
I allus knowed the time would come
when I could be his wife.
His pockets, they was lined with gold
And how he cut a dash
With a diamond ring, gold watch and chain
And a darling black moustache.

He allus come on Sunday nights
and stayed till nearly three.
He said he never loved a girl
In the way that he loved me.
He said 'twas so, and so you know
That he had lots of cash.
And then he'd press upon my lips-that darling black
That darling black moustache.

Along there came an old, old maid
She was worth her weight in gold.
She had fake hair, she wore false teeth,
She was forty-five years old.
So coolly he deserted me
Just for that old maid's cash.
And then he'd press upon her lips
That darling black moustache.

And now they live across the way
In that great mansion old.
She married him for his black moustache,
He married her for gold.
Come all young maids, take my advice,
And never be so rash
As to fall in love with every chap
Who wears a black moustache.

That little black moustache,
That little black moustache,
And now you know I had a beau
with a darling black moustache.

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Little Black Mustache, Lyric Variant 03

Document Title

Little Black Moustache

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Older Ballads - Mostly British - 202 Randolph, 402

Dimensions - Original

218 mm x 356 mm

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Paul L. Robertson

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