The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #108622   Message #2268485
Posted By: Rapparee
21-Feb-08 - 09:24 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Away, Away with Rum, by Gum
Subject: RE: Origin - Away away with rum
Joe points out that the Mitchell Trio recorded it in 1961, so it had to be around prior to that.

I suspect that the group was changed from "Salvation Army" to "Temperance Union" to avoid annoying the SA. The WCTU was (and is) considered fairly toothless, although I wouldn't want to annoy them either. Being bashed by little old ladies with parasols and handbags isn't my idea of a good time.