"A Haunt Can't Haunt a Haunt"

Reply Wed 21 Nov, 2018 05:26 pm
I am looking to find this folk song my mother sang to me as a child. It's a haunting ballad melody, with a wife asking her husband a series of questions. She is fulsome and curious, and he answers in gruff monosyllables. For instance, "What are you going now, my honey, myLove?" and he answers (the last line of every verse is his gruff monosyllable: "Hunting" In the end, when he says he'll die, she says, What will you do then, my Honey, My Love" and he says, "I'll haunt you". To which she answers, "A Haunt Can't Haunt a Haunt" = i.e. she has been dead all along and a ghost, talking to him. Does anyone know this song? I can't find it by searching online.
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Reply Wed 21 Nov, 2018 06:50 pm
How interesting. It might help if you can tell us something like - could it be an Irish ballad, a song from the Deep South ...?
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Reply Sat 6 Jun, 2020 11:31 am
It's called "Good Old Man". Burl Ives did a version of it.

Burl Ives version:


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