My Husband Has No Courage In Him

Allen Ash Manuscript. The title and irregular form of this tune suggests it is a song melody. The lyrics that go with that title are generally sung to another tune these days. It was given a new lease on life by British singers June Tabor and Maddy Prior (The Silly Sisters) through who recorded it in the 1970s. It is a sweet folksong about erectile dysfunction. Here is one version of the words

My Husband's Got No Courage in Him

As I went out one May morning To view the fields and leaves a-springing I saw two maidens standing by And one of them her hands was wringing

Oh dear-o ! oh dear-o ! My husband's got no courage in him. Oh dear-o !

Me husband's admired wherever he goes And everyone looks well upon him With his handsome features and well-shaped leg But still he's got no courage in him

Me husband can dance and caper and sing And do anything that's fitting for him But he cannot do the thing I want Because he's got no courage in him

All sorts of vittles I did provide A sorts of meats that's fitting for him With oyster pie and rhubarb too But still he's got no courage in him

Every night when I goes to bed I lie and throw me leg right o'er him And me hand I clamp between his thighs But I can't put any courage in him

Seven long years I've made his bed And every night I've lain beside him But this morning I rose with me maidenhead For still he's got no courage in him

I wish me husband he was dead And in his grave I'd quickly lay him And then I'd find another one That had a little courage in him

So all ye maids come listen to me Don't marry a man before you've tried him Or else you'll sing this song like me Me husband's got no courage in him


Title My Husband Has No Courage In Him
Subject Allen Ash Manuscript Jigs
Year 1850
Locale Central
Keywords Bawdry Bawdy


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