“Next Monday Morning”

Alternate titles: “I'm Going to be Married on Sunday”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1850
Keywords: marriage wedding age
Found in: Britain(England(South,Lond),Scotland) Ireland Canada(Mar,Newf) US(Ap,MW,NE,SE)


The singer meets a young girl who says she will be married next Sunday (or other day). He asks her age; she is (12/16/other). He tells her she's too young to marry. She replies that she will be married that day and describes the festivities. End of story.


The Brown text lacks the objection to the girl's youth. Perhaps a deliberate American adaption, where the availability of land meant that teenagers, especially in mountain areas, did marry quite young? - RBW

Perhaps, but the version in Sharp has the objection. - PJS




  1. Sharp-100E 38, "The Sign of the Bonny Blue Bell" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Kennedy 137, "Next Monday Morning' (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. BrownII 173, "I'm Going to Get Married Next Sunday" (1 text)
  4. SharpAp 143, "I'm Going to get Married next Sunday" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Creighton/Senior, pp. 165-166, "[I'm Going to Be Married on Monday]" (1 text plus 1 fragment, 2 tunes)
  6. Peacock, p. 559, "Monday Morning" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Opie-Oxford2 464, "On Saturday night shall be my care" (2 texts)
  8. Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #161, p. 119, "(On Saturday night shall be my care)"
  10. Roud #579
  11. BI, ShH38