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Thread #3648   Message #18710
Posted By:
04-Jan-98 - 09:02 PM
Thread Name: Moonshine Songs
Subject: Moonshine Songs
This is a spin-off of Rosebrooks "Favorite Melodies" thread.

Two of my favorite moonshine songs don't seem to be in the DT, and I know neither of them in full.

One starts:

Get you a Coper Kettle
Get you some coper coil
Cover it up with new-mown hay
Never more you'll toil.

You'll just lay there 'neath the Juniper tree
Lay there all the night
Whatch them jugs a-fillin'
In the pale moonlight.

The other one might be Irish in origin:

I've been a moonshiner for many a year
I spend all my money on whiskey and beer
I go to some hollow and sets up a still
And I'll make you a gallon for a ten dollar bill

Oh moonshine, Oh moonshine, Oh how I love thee,
You killed me old father, but did all right by me

This one would fit in with Rosebrooks Whiskey Medley, I suspect.

The first one was sung by one of the female folk singers of the 60s, but I suspect it has a longer history.

I would be interested in their history and in the rest of the lyrics.