The Man that Wrote the Home Sweet Home

Once upon a time, in the late 1920’s and early 30’s, there was a pair of country recording artists named Charlie Parker and Mack Woolbright. Mack was a blind banjo player who pioneered a three-finger style that caught the attention of a young feller named Earl Scruggs.

It was great banjo playing, but the lyrics were really misogynistic, even by the standards of those days. The Man that Wrote the Home Sweet Home, was all about the worthlessness of lazy wives. Will the Weaver was worse. This song was a celebration of wife beating.

I love the music but I am embarrassed to sing those sexist lyrics in public. So I decided to replace them with my own. Here is my version ‘Home Sweet Home, Revisited.’

Lyrics: 

The man that wrote the Home Sweet Home must have been a married man
He met her down at the music hall where she danced with a great big fan
He took her to the parson and the words were said
And the next thing you know that man was wed.
Yes, the man that wrote the Home Sweet Home must have been a married man

He took her too his cottage bright and carried her though the door
He handed her a broom and mop and such and told her to clean the floor
She smiled and said you can do that dear
I’ll go hoe the corn so we can eat this year.
Yes, the man that wrote the Home Sweet Home must have been a married man

He showed her a great big cooking pot and told her to make the stew
She just smiled and said to him, “Honey you can do that too.”
Start cutting the taters and gimme the gun,
I’ll shoot a little rabbit on the run.
Yes, the man that wrote the Home Sweet Home must have been a married man.

Now, the floor was clean and stew was et and he baked some cookies too
He played a tune on his old banjo, said now what shall we do
She took his arm and she kissed him too,
Said now I’ll show you a thing or two.
Yes, the man that wrote the Home Sweet Home must have been a married man.

Them folks lived together in that old place for sixty years or more
Didn’t have much money but they had lots of kids, runnin’ round the cabin floor.
And that is how their years were spent.
That feller and his wife were most content
Yes, the man that wrote the Home Sweet Home must have been a married man.

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