“Father Grumble”

Alternate titles: “John Grumlie”; “Equinoxial”; “Old Daddy Grumble”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1825
Keywords: contest husband wife work humorous feminist
Found in: Britain(Scotland,England(Lond)) Ireland US(Ap,MW,NE,SE,So)

Description

Grumble says he can do more work in a day than his wife can do in three. She offers to exchange tasks for a day; he agrees. She gives him a long list of household chores and sets out to plow. He fails in most of his tasks and admits his wife's superiority

Notes

According to the notes in Brown, "St. John Honeywood of Massachusetts [around 1800] dressed [this] up as 'Darby and Joan," and his version has achieved something like traditional currency; at least, a text clearly enough derived from it is one of the items in our North Carolina collection." - RBW

Same tune

Recordings

References

  1. Laws Q1, "Father Grumble"
  2. Belden, pp. 225-228, "Father Grumble" (5 texts)
  3. Randolph 74, "Father Grumble" (3 texts, 2 tunes)
  4. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 124-126, "Father Grumble" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 74A)
  5. Eddy 43, "Father Grumble" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Gardner/Chickering 172, "Old Grumble" (1 text)
  7. Flanders/Olney, pp. 191-193, "The Wife of Auchtermuchty" (1 text)
  8. Flanders/Brown, pp. 104-105, "John Grumlie" (1 text)
  9. Linscott, pp. 248-250, "The Old Man Who Lived in the Wood" (1 text, 1 tune)
  10. BrownII 180, "Father Grumble" (2 text -- one of them "Darby and Joan" -- plus mention of 2 more)
  11. Hudson 59, pp. 175-176, "Father Grumble" (1 text)
  12. Scarborough-SongCatcher, pp. 243-244, "Father Grumble" (1 text, with local title "There Was an Old Man"; tune on p. 420)
  13. Brewster 40, "Father Grumble" (3 texts)
  14. SharpAp 188, "The Drummer and His Wife" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  15. Leach, pp747-748, "Father Grumble" (1 text)
  16. Friedman, p. 443, "Father Grumble" (1 text)
  17. Scott-BoA, pp. 41-43, "The Old Man Who Lived in the Woods" (1 text, 1 tune)
  18. Lomax-FSNA 10, "Father Grumble" (1 text, 1 tune)
  19. Botkin-NEFolklr, pp. 579-580, "The Old Man Who Lived in the Wood" (1 text, 1 tune)
  20. SHenry H702, pp. 504-505, "The Wealthy Farmer" (1 text, 1 tune)
  21. LPound-ABS, 36, pp. 82-84, "Father Grumble" (1 text)
  22. JHCox 156, "Father Grumble" (7 texts)
  23. Silber-FSWB, p. 188, "Little Phoebe"; p. 189, "Old Man In The Wood" (2 texts)
  24. BBI, ZN1410, "In Auchtermuchty lived a man" (?)
  25. DT 343, WIFEWORK WIFEWRK2* WIFEWRK3*
  26. Roud #281
  27. BI, LQ01