Poor Married Man


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Poor Married Man


One leaf typewritten in blue ink 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 left corner and the upper right corner were folded into the laminate. There is a minor tear at the upper left edge. There is a minor tear at the left lower edge. There is a minor tear at the upper right edge. There is acid-related staining at the upper left edge. The document was folded horizontally into thirds, possibly for mailing. The informant citation is handwritten in pencil at the upper right corner.


Folk songs, American -- North Carolina Marriage -- Songs and music Husbands -- Songs and music Mothers-in-law -- Songs and music


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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Jan. 15, 1926
Hamp Greer

The Poor Married Man

You may talk of the joys of the sweet honey-moon,
I’ll agree they are nice while they last,
But in most every case they are over too soon,
And numbered with the things of the past,
The trials and the troubles are sure to begin,
Although you may do what you can,
You’ll wish you were out of the clatter and the din,
That follows the poor married man.

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With the racket and the muss, the trouble and the fuss,
His face all haggard and wan,
You can tell by his cloths where ever he goes,
That he is a poor married man.

He works all the day, and he tries to be gay,
Forgetting his worry and care,
He whistles it down as he goes thru the town,
Though his heart is full of despair,
His very last cent must be spent out for rent,
While at home there is Mollie and Dan,
Both crying for shoes, and it gives him the “blues”
To think he’s a poor marries man.

When he goes to bed with his poor tired head,
He lies on the edge of the rail,
The colic and the ccroup makes him jump up and whoop,
Like a dog with a can to his tail,
He must walk, he must talk, he must sing, he must rock,
He must run for the water and the fan
He must bounce, he must leap, he must do without sleep,
If he is a poor married man.

From his mother-in-law he gets nothing but jaw,
No matter how hard he may try,
To keep her in trim for she’ll light into him,
And all of his wishes defy,
He’s a fool, he’s a brute and he never can suit,
Though he does just the best that he can,
He had better be dead for it then could be said,
He’s at rest now a poor married man.

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Poor Married Man

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The Poor Married Man

Geographic Location

Brownwood, Ashe County, North Carolina

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Brown, Folk Lyric - 309

Dimensions - Original

215 mm x 278 mm

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Leila E. Weinstein

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