The Housewife's Lament

We are allowed one cover song on our National Solo Album Month albums. I found this one through Roger McGuinn's folk song blog. I had a whole lot of fun recording it.

Performed by Kim Novak

Traditional folk song. All instruments and vocals by Kim Novak.


with guitar chords even!

[G] One day I was walking,
I heard [Am] a complaining,
I saw a [D] poor woman
The [C] picture of [G] gloom.
She gazed in the mud
On her [Am] doorstep (’twas raining),
And [D] this was her song
As she [C] wielded her [G] broom:

Chorus: [G] O life is a trial,
[D] And love is a trouble,
[G] Beauty will fade
[D] And riches will flee,
[G] Wages will dwindle
And [Am] taxes will double
And [D] nothing is as I
Would [C] wish it to [G] be.”

[G] In March it is mud,
It’s slush [Am] in December,
The [D] midsummer breezes
Are [C] loaded with [G] dust.
In fall the leaves litter,
In [Am] muddy November
The [D] wallpaper rots
And the [C] candlesticks [G] rust.


[G] It’s sweeping at six
And it’s [Am] dusting at seven
It’s [D] victuals at eight
And it’s [C] dishes at [G] nine.
It’s potting and panning
From [Am] ten to eleven.
We [D] scarce break our fast
Till we [C] plan how to [G] dine.


[G] Last night in my dreams
I was [Am] stationed forever,
On a [D] far distant rock
In the [C] midst of the [G] sea.
My one task of life
Was a [Am] ceaseless endeavor,
To [D] brush off the waves
As they [C] swept over [G] me.

Chorus X2