I Will Be An Obedient Wife, I Will – Yes I Will!

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British musicians Sam Richards and Tish Stubbs got together to perform this old folk song that can be found in THE SHILLING Song Book A COLLECTION OF 175 OF THE MOST FAVORITE National, Partiotic, Sentimental, and Comic. BALLADS OF THE DAY by W.E. Tunis. It is also mentioned in the The Arkansas Traveler’s Songbook. It is written in 1835 by Alexander Lee. We are not sure whether it is an American or English folk song, although that tends to be a casual borrowing of melodies in those early times. We are sharing the original with you, followed by our modernised version.

I’LL BE NO SUBMISSIVE WIFE.
by Alexander Lee

I’ll be no submissive wife,
No, not I-no, not I;
I’ll not be a slave for life,
No, not I-no, not I;
I’ll be no submissive wife,
No, not I-no, not I;
I’ll not be a slave for life,
No, not I-no, not I !
Think you, on a wedding-day,
That I said, as others say,
“Love, and honor, and obey-
Love, and honor, and obey”?

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, not I!

Chorus, ” Love, and honor, and obey-
Love, and honor, and obey”?
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, not I;
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, not I;
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, not I

I to dulness don’t incline,
No, not I-no, not I;
Go to bed at half-past nine ?
No, not I-no, not I !
I to dulness don’t incline,
No, not I-no, not I;
Go to bed at half-past nine?
No, not I-no, not I !
Should a humdrum husband say
That at home I ought to stay,
Do you think that I’ll obey-
Do you think that I’ll obey?
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, not I!
Do you think that I’ll obey-
Do you think that I’ll obey?

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, not I
No, no, no, etc.


No here is our version:

I’LL WILL BE AN OBEDIENT WIFE.
by the Stepford Wives Organization

I’ll be an obedient wife,
Yes I will – yes I will;
I’ll be an obedient wife,
Yes I will – yes I will;
I’ll be an obedient wife,
Yes I will – yes I will;
Think you, on a wedding-day,
That I said, as others say,
“Love, and honor, and obey-
Love, and honor, and obey”?

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, I will!

Chorus, ” Born to please, live to serve-
Born to serve, live to please”?

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, I will!
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, I will!
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, I will!

I to argue don’t incline,
No, not I-won’t opine;
Go to bed at half-past nine ?
No, not I-no, not I !
I to disagree, don’t incline,
No, not I-won’t opine;
When he wants pleasure anytime?
No, not I-Won’t deny!
Should a humdrum husband say
That at home I ought to stay,
Do you think that I’ll obey-
Do you think that I’ll obey?
Of course I will that’s the Stepford way!
Do you think that I’ll obey-
Do you think that I’ll obey?

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, that’s the Stepford way!

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