“I'd Rather Be Dead”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1916 (White)
Keywords: death jealousy burial
Found in: US(SE)

Description

"I rather be dead an' laid in de dirt Than to see my gal with her feelin's hurt." "I rather be dead an' laid in de sand Than to see my gal with another man." "I rather be dead an' laid in de ground Than to see my gal in anoder weddin' gown."

Notes

I suspect this is a fragment of something longer, in which the singer explains the reason for his jealousy. But I can't say what the longer piece is. - RBW

References

  1. BrownIII 443, "I'd Rather Be Dead" (1 text)
  2. Roud #11780
  3. BI, Br3443