“When I Was Young (II)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1850
Keywords: poverty marriage warning
Found in: Britain(North,West,South) Ireland

Description

Singer laments married life, saying when she was young she lived well and happily, but now she lives in poverty and misery. The chorus warns, "Ye'd better be a maiden as a poor man's wife."

Notes

Obviously, this is extremely close to the songs listed as cross-references, and they have either cross-fertilized or share a common ancestor, but it has a distinctly different chorus, emphasizing being a poor man's wife, and as such I think it deserves a separate listing. -PJS

Cross references

Recordings

References

  1. Vaughan Williams/Lloyd, p. 102, "When I Was Young" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. DT, BTTRSNGL*
  3. Roud #894
  4. BI, VWL102