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Thread #3513   Message #17708
Posted By: Ralph Butts
16-Dec-97 - 06:59 PM
Thread Name: Folksongs and Minstrelsy
Subject: Lyr Add: VERY UNFORTUNATE MAN (Jimmy Driftwood)^^^

"Folk Song and Minstrelsy" was a Vanguard recording from The Classics Record Library RL-7624 (Book-of-the-Month Club).

4 records in my set, the artists are:
Joan Baez
Leon Bibb
The Deller Consort
Jimmy Driftwood
Bob Gibson
Ronnie Gilbert
Cisco Houston
Ewan MacColl
Ed McCurdy
Tom Makem
Alan Mills
John Jacob Niles
Pete Seeger
The Weavers

"The Unfortunate Man" was done by Jimmy Driftwood, here's the lyric. Good singing........Tiger

Very Unfortunate Man — Jimmy Driftwood

There was a lawyer, his name was Clay,
He had but two clients and they wouldn't pay.
At last, of starvation, he grew so afraid,
He courted and married a wealthy old maid.
At the wedding this lawyer made one big mistake,
'Twas not in omitting the wine or the cake,
The ring was well chosen, they had a big feed,
But the lawyer did not get a warranty deed.

At night in their chamber, this lady arose,
And began to prepare to retire and repose.
Her husband sat near her admiring her charms,
That gave him such pleasure to hold in his arms.
She went to the washstand to bathe her fair face,
And thus she destroyed all her beauty and grace.
The rose on her cheek quickly grew very faint,
And he saw on the towel, 'twas nothing but paint.

She went to the mirror to take down her hair,
And when she got done, her scalp was all bare.
Said she, "Don't be frightened to see my bald head,
I'll put on my cap when I get into bed."
She hung her false hair on the wall on a peg,
And then she proceeded to take off her leg.
Her trembling husband got quite a surprise,
When she asked him to come and take out her glass eye.

The husband stood watching, with trembling lips,
While she unfastened her counterfeit hips;
Just then her false nose clattered down on the floor,
And the poor lawyer, screaming, ran out of the door.
Now all you young men who would marry for life,
Be sure to examine your intended wife.
Remember the lawyer who trusted his eyes,
And a little while later got quite a surprise.