"I wish my love was in a ditch, Without no clothing to her, With nettles up and down her back Because she was not truer." She had been involved with the singer and another; he claims her child was fathered by the other, and will not sleep with her
I Wish My Love Was In a Ditch Complete text(s) *** A *** From the Frank C. Brown collection, Volume II, #126, pp. 361-362. Collected from "Mr. Sanders" of Forsyth county, North Carolina. Date of collection not listed. 1 I wish my love was in a ditch, Without no clothing to her, With nettles up and down her back Because she was not truer. 2 She kissed me with her red, red lips, She swore she would be mine O; But she swore the same to Alan O'Chree, Who lives way down the line O. 3 Her belly grew big, her face grew pale, But it was no fault of mine O; It must have been that Alan O'Chree Who lives way down the line O. 4 She swore the brat was mine alone, And soon enough we were wed. But I swear by the light of Kincastle Hill She shall not share my bed.
The editors of Brown suspect this is Scottish, but can cite no other texts (Jamieson has a piece "I Wish My Love Was In a Mire," found also as #41 in _The Scot Musical Museum_, but the parallels are thematic rather than verbal). - RBW