"She was thin, thin, thin,
How could she hope a man like him to win?
By the living gods that made her,
On a slot machine he weighed her.
A rag, a bone, some shingle hair and skin!"
Remembered from the 60's with lots more verses, but probably from the 30's ?
UK midlands ?
Thanks for any leads !
Well, its imitating some of Kipling for a start.
A rag, a bone and a hank of hair is from The Vampire.
By the living gods that made him is from Gunga Din.
So is the rest taken from other works?
I'd bet on 20's or 30's for the date. 'Shingled hair' is an expression from that era.