Mudcat Café message #1930368 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #7466   Message #1930368
Posted By: GUEST,Pete Peterson
08-Jan-07 - 01:05 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Handsome Molly
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Handsome Molly
Every "Handsome Molly" that I know of can be traced back to the Grayson and Whitter recording for Victor, Vi 21189, made back in 1927. Doc Watson clearly learned it from that recording, as did Peggy Seeger, who added two verses I've never heard elsewhere:

Now Molly's fair and handsome
Her hands are neat and small
They say she is good-natured
And that's the best of all

I'll go down to the river
When everyone's asleep
Think of handsome Molly
And then sit down and weep

The Stanley Bros. recorded it in 1961, thus getting it into the bluegrass repertoire.