I think it's traditional, but let's see what we can dig up on it. I'll post the entry from the Traditional Ballad Index, to give us a start.
Do You Love an Apple?DESCRIPTION: The girl loves an uncaring man. She details her abuses ("When I was single, I wore a black shawl; now I'm married, it's overalls," etc.), always ending, "Still I love him, I'll forgive him (or "cannot deny him"), I'll go with him wherever he goes."
EARLIEST DATE: 1952 (recording, Phil Hammond)
KEYWORDS: love abuse poverty hardtimes
FOUND IN: Britain(England(Lond,North),Scotland(Aber)) Ireland
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Kennedy 203, "He Comes Down our Alley" (1 text, 1 tune)
OShaughnessy-Yellowbelly2 50, "Still I Love Him" (1 text, 1 tune)
MacSeegTrav 30, "Still I Love Him" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 186, "When I Was Single" (1 text)
DT, STILILOV* LOVAPPLE
cf. "When I Was Young (II)" (theme, floating lyrics)
cf. "For Seven Long Years I've Been Married" (theme)
Margaret Barry & Michael Gorman, "Still I Love Him" (on Barry-Gorman1)
NOTES: The version sung by Charlotte Higgins (in MacSeegTrav) has, rather than overalls, "Now since I'm married I've sweet bugger-all," a rather more vivid description.
The Barry-Gorman recording is an autobiographical rewrite of the traditional song, telling of Barry's life as a singer of traditional songs, but it incorporates a few of the older verses. - PJS
Also collected and sung by David Hammond, "When I Was Single" (on David Hammond, "I Am the Wee Falorie Man: Folk Songs of Ireland," Tradition TCD1052 CD (1997) reissue of Tradition LP TLP 1028 (1959)).
Sean O Boyle, notes to David Hammond, "I Am the Wee Falorie Man: Folk Songs of Ireland": "A Northumbrian song probably imported into Ulster in the 19th century during the American Civil War when the English cotton industry found itself with no raw material and its textile workers came to Ulster to work at the linen." - BS
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