“Captain Webster”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1968 (recording, Sara Cleveland)
Keywords: suicide love money poverty mother father
Found in: US(MA)


Webster wishes to marry a poor girl, but his parents tell him that he must marry a wealthy woman. The young man bids farewell to his sweetheart, then kills himself. Parents are warned against placing undue emphasis on money


The notes to the Sara Cleveland record suggest that this is a localization of a British original, though the editor (Kenneth S. Goldstein) cannot suggest an original. I have to agree; the feeling is old, but I cannot locate a true forerunner of the piece. - RBW



  1. Roud #5713
  2. BI, RcCapWeb