Bachelor's Hall
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Lesley Nelson-Burns


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This tune has variants in England, America (the Appalachians) and in Canada.

This is from The Mudcat Cafe. A partial verse is between the third and fourth verse. It may also be a chorus. There is no tune associated with these words at Digital and they seem to have been sung to a variant (and may have been sung to a different tune entirely)!
Stay, stay close to my door
Bachelor's Hall, Bachelor's Hall
I'll always stay single,
Keep Bachelor's Hall

A broadside of completely different song named Bachelor's Hall, by Charles Dibdin was printed by Catnach sometime between 1813 and 1838. (A copy can be found at the Bodleian Library.)

Rev. S. Baring-Gould collected a version of Bachelor's Hall which begins, "To Bachelor's Hall we brave sportsmen invite.." It appears there may be several versions of the song.

I rode seven horses all to death
I rode them till they had no breath
I wore five saddles to the trees
But none of those girls would marry me

Those women will fret those women will fuss
They'll spend five hours before their glass
The Devil take all I'll have none at all
Always stay single, keep Bachelor's Hall

The women round here they live by the door
They hear a word and repeat it twice o'er
Then they add to it as much as they please
Always stay single, a bachelor man

Bachelor's Hall is always the best
If you're sick, drunk or sober it's always a rest
No woman to scold you no children to bawl
Always stay single, keep Bachelor's Hall
From The Mudcat Cafe