MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Good Looking Man
Mike Molloy NFLD 2 Tape 19 Track 3
St. Shott's Audio:
Ballad

I blacked his eyes l tore his hair in ribbons l tore his clothes
l then took up the poker and l laid it across his nose
He just looked like a chimney-sweep and out through the doors he ran
And never a lady loved again with my good looking man

Now folk young and merry (?) take my advice of a highland of low degree
If a rakish husband you do get __________ to him like me
And if you live a wedded life now plainly understand
And don't you ever fall in love with a good looking man


Notes


Sources: Roud 3340; Mercer 127; Leach 1965: 96;

History: The traditional Ballad index ( www.csufresno.edu ) traces this to the Detroit News in 1934.

Text: The singer has hit another man with a poker. He laments that this wife was unfaithful (presumably with the man he hits), and warns others about the loyalty of young women.

Tune: This performance is a in a major key and duple time with many slurred duplets.

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