I long for to get married, song

Eddie Butcher, singing in English
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I long for to get married, sure I did it all my life,
I long for to get married, I will go and court a wife;
I will go, I’ll marry her and then I’ll bring her home
– Sure I will take thee that will take me for fear that I would get none.

The cherry tree’s a lovely tree when it full buds and blows
And so is every young man when he a-courting goes;
With not a penny in his purse he’ll curse and swear, he’ll vow
That he’s got houses and free lands to bring a fair maid to.

So now they are got married, he’s brought her home to sorrow,
The land it is to purchase and the money it is to borrow;
He’ll set her in the corner where she may cry her fill
By drinking the ale that she drank last by taking her own free will.


This rare song of evident British origin has turned up in Scotland and Australia. It might be thought that a story was missing after v. 1, but the other versions do not contain one either. Even the exchange between the urgent suitor and the too-easily suited girl does not appear in A. Gloomy reflections are the main subject of the brief and pointed piece. They use lyric and proverbial metaphors of old tradition; in a fifteenth-century farce, for example, a woman invites her prospective husband to bed where he will take pleasure ‘drinking what he has brewed’ – G. Cohen Recueil de farces françaises inédites Cambridge, Mass., 1949, p. 56.