Bill Morgan and His Gal

TITLE: Bill Morgan and His Gal
AUTHOR: Words by Will A. Mahoney, Music by Halsay K. Mohr
CATEGORY: Author Known, Public Domain
KEYWORDS: food, humorous, lover, money, comic
EARLIEST DATE: 1906
imagesHISTORICAL REFERENCES: John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), mortgage banker, was probably the most powerful financier in American history; he controlled railroads, steel mills and the largest bank on Wall Street. The size of his enterprises is demonstrated by the fact that his bank actually financed the Federal Reserve Board in its early years. Morgan also (at the request of Theodore Roosevelt) managed the stock market problem which led to the Panic of 1907. Using his own money and money he pried out of other bankers, he managed to stabilize the financial system, though the resulting recession hurt ordinary people badly. (from the Traditional Ballad Index)

The first recording of Bill Morgan and His Gal was by Bob Roberts under the title My Name is Morgan but it Ain’t J.P. I’d have it to download here but the early version is racist although it can be found in other places on the web.

OTHER TITLES AND VARIATIONS:

  • My Name is Morgan (But It Ain’t J.P.)

RECORDINGS:

  • Ann Hills and Cindy Mangsun,
  • The New Lost City Ramblers,
  • Home Delivery,

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Bill Morgan and His Gal

A man named William Morgan took his gal to see a play,
And on their journey homeward, they stopped in to a café.
As soon as she got seated, Liza grabbed the bill of fare,
Called the waiter, and she ordered ev’rything was there.

Bill says, “I knows you’re hungry, gal, and I don’t like to squeal,
But who do you suppose is going to pay for such a meal?
I’m satisfied to buy you two or three things that are there,
But the appetite you’ve got tonight would break a millionaire.”

My name is Morgan but it ain’t J. P.|
You must think I own a railroad company.
You might know me pretty long,
But you’ve got my initials wrong.
My name is Morgan but it ain’t J. P.

Bill Morgan married Liza thinking he could change her way,
But what she did to William’s purse I’m most ashamed to say.
Whenever she went shopping, she’d buy ev’rything she’d see,
And what she couldn’t pay for, she’d have sent home C. O. D.

My name is Morgan but it ain’t J. P.|
You must think I own a railroad company.
You might know me pretty long,
But you’ve got my initials wrong.
My name is Morgan but it ain’t J. P.

One day six big deliv’ry wagons backed up to Bill’s door.
They asked him to accept the goods while they went back for more.
It didn’t take Bill long to go and get his hat and coat.
When Liza came back home that night, she found this little note:

My name is Morgan but it ain’t J. P.|
You must think I own a railroad company.
You might know me pretty long,
But you’ve got my initials wrong.
My name is Morgan but it ain’t J. P.

My name is Morgan but it ain’t J. P.|
You must think I own a railroad company.
You might know me pretty long,
But you’ve got my initials wrong.
My name is Morgan but it ain’t J. P.

SOURCES:

  • Folk Song Index: A Comprehensive Guide to the Florence E. Brunnings Collection, Florence E. Brunnings, Garland Publishing, Inc., New York and London 1981—Amazon Books
  • Country Music Sources: A Biblio-Discography of Commercially Recorded Traditional Music, Guthrie T. Meade, Jr. with Dick Spottswood and Douglas S. Meade, Southern Folklife Collection, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries, NC 2002—Amazon Books

NOTICE: I’m not the best guitar player or vocalist, but no one loves these songs more than I do. The tune and lyrics are in the public domain unless otherwise noted. The recording © copyright 2013 by Stephen Griffith and may be used by permission of the copyright holder. The variation of the song I’m posting is the version I perform and is not exactly replicating the sources cited, but is always in the same song family. If anyone has more details about this song, or believes I’ve stated something in error, please let me know. I’m also open to suggestions to improve the site. Thanks. sgg

 

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