“The Bald-Headed End of the Broom”

Author: Harry Bennett?
Earliest date: 1877 (Copyright)
Keywords: courting marriage warning wife children family hardtimes poverty
Found in: US(Ap,SE,So) Australia Ireland


The singer warns men against marriage: It's fun at first, but wait till you're stuck "with a wife and (sixteen) half-starved kids." "So keep away from the girls... For when they are wed, they will bang you on the head With the bald-headed end of a broom"



  1. Randolph 386, "The Bald-Headed End of the Broom" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  2. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 313-315, "The Bald-Headed End of the Broom" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 386A)
  3. BrownII 206, "Boys, Keep Away from the Girls" (1 text)
  4. MHenry-Appalachians, p. 34, "Advice to the Boys" (1 fragment, only two stanzas and without a reference to the broom but with lyrics and theme much like this)
  5. Fahey-Eureka, pp. 190-191, "The Bald-Headed End of the Broom" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Kennedy 193, "The Bald-Headed End of the Broom" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Darling-NAS, pp. 273-274, "Baldheaded End of the Broom" (1 text)
  8. Gilbert, p. 105, (No title) (1 partial text)
  9. Rorrer, p. 94, "Look Before You Leap" (1 text, probably somewhat rewritten and without a chorus)
  11. Roud #2129
  12. BI, FaE190