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Thread #158240   Message #3740356
Posted By: 12-stringer
28-Sep-15 - 01:22 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Married Life Blues (Oscar Ford)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Married Life Blues - Oscar Ford
I took a notion a few years ago that I'd start out in life
First thing I thought I'd have to have was me a pretty little wife
I had the lonesome lovesick blues

Went around the world on our honeymoon, way out in Arkansas
When I got back to my old home town I met my mother-in-law
I had the disappointed blues

Finally we started out to keepin' house, started out with a good will
I got drunk and I lost my job and I couldn't pay the grocery bills
I had those alkyholic blues

Then my wife got mad with me, also my mother-in-law
The neighbors all said from the ?fussery [not a word but sounds like what he's saying] they thought we'd started war
I had those hen-pecked husband blues

Then I got to layin' out late, didn't come home till three
My wife was standin' in the door with a rolling pin for me
I had those Jiggs and Maggie blues

Then she sued me for divorce and alimony too
I didn't have but fifteen cents and I didn't know what to do
I had those separation blues

Soon I found me another little girl, her name was Julia Ann
The second time I took her out I met the Ku Klux Klan
I had the blue-hoo-hoo-hoo Lord!

Those fellas took me for a ride, tied me with a rope
Every time they'd dust my pants, you'd see a puff of smoke
I had the blue-hoo-Lord Lord Lord!

Nothing racial in the song. The KKK were self-appointed guardians of morality in the 1910s and 1920s and were known to extend a bit of corporal punishment to people caught getting frisky in Tin Lizzies out on country roads. That's what Ford is referring to here. Lester Pete Bivins' cover of this song, from the late 1930s, includes those verses, but they are omitted in the 1940 cover by Byron Parker's Mountaineers.

"Jiggs and Maggie" were characters in a popular comic strip of the day. It played on Irish stereotypes and featured a lot of domestic violence (ALWAYS woman-on-man!) with Maggie using a rolling pin to keep her cheerfully drunken husband in line. (Jiggs was a day laborer who had won the lottery or otherwise had a lucky strike and brought his shanty Irish ways to Park Avenue, much to Maggie's disgust.)