“Brown-Eyed Lee”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1931 (Larkin); reportedly written 1889
Keywords: cowboy love betrayal mother
Found in: US


"Kind friends, if you will listen, A story I will tell, About a final dust-up...." The singer courts Brown-Eyed Lee; her parents disapprove. He says he will win her anyway, but she proved untrue. He curses the day he met Lee but can't forget her


This song is item dB35 in Laws's Appendix II.

It supposed was composed by the rejected lover himself. For once, this seems rather likely, because he clearly can't decide if he hates or loves her. - RBW


  1. Larkin, pp. 72-74, "Brown-Eyed Lee" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #4042
  3. BI, Lark072