“Madam, Madam, You Came Courting”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1950 (Creighton-Maritime)
Keywords: courting rejection humorous
Found in: Canada(Mar)


When the girl comes courting the boy agrees to "entertain you If you will not call me names." She spurns his wealth: "All I want is a fancy man." He says she can look to the trees to keep her warm "when nights are cold and frosty"


Creighton-Maritime: "Although a different song, this is very like 'The Quaker's Courtship'"; Creighton's song is "Wheel of Fortune" with roles reversed. Nevertheless, though I find no lines shared with that group of songs it is close enough that it may belong there. - BS

Roud, indeed, lumps them -- but logic says that this is rewritten, and hence should be split. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Creighton-Maritime, p. 121, "Madam, Madam, You Came Courting" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #542
  3. BI, CrMa121