My Good-Looking Man (Kenneth Peacock)

See also: My Good Lookin' Man (George Wilson)
(To the tune of: Nice Young Girl)

Come all you pretty fair maidens
of courage brave and true,
And I will teach you how to happy live
and avoid all trouble, too;
And if you want a wedded life
now plainly understand,
And don't you ever fall in love
with some good-looking man.

When at the age of sixteen years
a damsel in my prime,
I dearly thought on wedded life
and how I'd be at that time;
I dearly thought on wedded life,
its pleasure I did scan,
So I sighed and sobbed both night and day
to gain a nice young man.

I came by chance as out I stepped
to take a pleasant roam,
I met this handsome gentleman
who wished to see me home;
I fain said 'No' but 'twas no use,
to go with me was his plan,
So to my home I walked along
with my good-looking man.

He said to me as on we walked,
"My dear and only love,
If you'll consent to marry me
I'll ever constant prove;
I'll ever be a husband kind,
and do the best I can."
And to my home I walked along
with my good-looking man.

He said to me as on we walked,
"My dear and only love."
He gently pressed me to his breast,
saying, "Oh my Mary dear."
He gently pressed me to his breast,
to the clergy's house we ran,
And 'twas there I tied the dreadful knot
with my good-looking man.

The clock was just striking ten
my gentleman walked in,
I gently said, "My Willie, dear,
where has thou so long been?"
"I've been to church, my Mary dear,"
oh this I could not stand;
With a rolling pin I did let fly
at my good-looking man!

I blackened his eyes, I tore his hair,
in ribbons I tore his clothes,
I then picked up a poker
and laid it across his nose;
He just looked like a chimney-sweep
as out the door he ran,
And there was never a lady loved again
by my good-looking man.

####.... Variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad, The Good Looking Man, written by John Morgan, and published by J Pitts (London) between 1819 and 1844, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 11(1368) ....####
This variant was collected in 1952 by Kenneth Peacock from Michael Alward [1925-1989] of Kings Cove, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports , Vol 1, pp.302-303, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Kenneth Peacock noted that in this variant two or three verses are missing in the middle where the husband 'kisses and toys' with a 'flashy girl' - the reason for the rolling-pin incident. GEST notes: compare this variant with the ten-verse variant sung by George Wilson [1890-?] of Merasheen and Freshwater, NL, and published as My Good Lookin' Man for the 1980 Merasheen Reunion in Placentia Bay, NL, by Loyola Pomroy of Placentia Bay West, NL and William (Bill) Wilson Jr [1931-1993] of Meerasheen, Placentia Bay, NL.

A ten-verse variant was also collected in 1976 from Francis Joseph (Frankie) Nash [1908-1976] of Branch, NL, by Genevieve Lehr and Anita Best and published as #83 in Come And I Will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook, pp.147-148, edited by Genevieve Lehr (University of Toronto Press ©1985/2003).

See more Lehr and Best songs.

A two-verse snippet was also collected in 1951 from Michael (Mike) Molloy [1893-?] of St Shott's, NL, and published as Good Looking Man in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada ©2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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