Tag Archives: drink

Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!

TITLE: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down! AUTHOR: Words: Edward Harrigan / Music: David Braham CATEGORY: Author Known, Public Domain KEYWORDS: sailor, work, drink EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1885 (“Old Lavender”) According to Sigmund Spaeth, A History of Popular Music in America Random House, 1948, pp. 186-187, the late 1870s saw a series of musical skits called the Mulligan series. read more »

Sail Away Ladies

TITLE: Sail Away Ladies AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: dancing, drink, humorous EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1926 (recording, Uncle Bunt Stephens) Sail Away Ladies originated sometime in the 19th century although possibly has origins as far back as the 18th century. It is one of the quintessential American fiddle tunes – like many, it clearly has read more »

Big Rock Candy Mountain

NAME: Big Rock Candy Mountain, The AUTHOR: Unknown; popularized by Harry “Haywire Mac” McClintock EARLIEST DATE: 1906 (version by Marshall Locke & Charles Tyner published) KEYWORDS: hobo, railroading, dream, food, drink The kids’ song that we know as The Big Rock Candy Mountain, with “lemonade springs where the bluebird sings,” is considerably different from the read more »

Hopalong Peter

TITLE: Hopalong Peter AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: nonsense, animal, chickens, drink, wordplay EARLIEST DATE: attributed to 1875 Frank Dumont; First recorded in 1937 by J. E. Mainer’s Mountaineers. Such songs are often humorous, sometimes bawdy, sometimes dependent on wordplay. (You need something to keep the listener’s attention, after all, when the song doesn’t have read more »


TITLE: Carrickfergus AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: public domain, traditional KEYWORDS: love separation, drink EARLIEST DATE: partial in 1927 (Sandburg) more fully in “The Kerry Boatman” by Dominic Behan (recorded 1960) The melodies for “Water is Wide” and “Carrickfergus” probably go back to an 18th century Irish air. “Carrickfergus” seems to have first appeared as a ballad usually read more »