“Byrontown”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1949
Keywords: courting oldmaid money
Found in: Canada(Mar)

Description

The singer claims that he "belongs" in Byrontown, where "young ladies gay I will betray, And give them all their due." The rest of the song is devoted to complaining about women, e.g. how they lure men on and spend their money

Supplemental text

Byrontown
  Partial text(s)

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From Louise Manny and James Reginald Wilson, Songs of Miramichi,
#8, pp. 68-69. From the singing of John Holland, Glenwood, 1962.

Aw, in Byrontown I do renown,
  The place I do belong,
For to speak my mind on womenkind
  I have composed a song.
Still you will agree and listen to me,
  Mind what I say is true,
All the ladies gay I will betray,
  And five them all their due.

(5 additional stanzas)

Notes

In some versions, the city is "Barren Town," a nickname for Renous, New Brunswick, - RBW

Manny/Wilson: "This song is always credited to Larry Gorman, but it does not seem quite like Gorman." - BS

References

  1. Doerflinger, pp. 261-262, "Byrontown" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Manny/Wilson 8, "Byrontown" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. ST Doe261 (Partial)
  4. Roud #9202
  5. BI, Doe261