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Lyr/Chords Add: The Little Stream of Whiskey

dgburt@pioneer.net 19 Mar 97 - 10:23 PM
Ralph Butts 20 Mar 97 - 07:21 AM
Gene Graham 24 Mar 97 - 03:47 AM
dgburt@pioneer.net 24 Mar 97 - 12:56 PM
dick greenhaus 24 Mar 97 - 12:58 PM
Gene Graham 24 Mar 97 - 02:01 PM
bob schwarer 24 Mar 97 - 06:30 PM
belter 26 Mar 97 - 10:16 AM
GUEST,Patrice 24 Jan 12 - 01:42 AM
kendall 24 Jan 12 - 11:56 AM
Mark Ross 24 Jan 12 - 12:19 PM
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Subject: [little stream of whiskey]
From: dgburt@pioneer.net
Date: 19 Mar 97 - 10:23 PM

Big Rock Candy Mountains


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Subject: RE: [little stream of whiskey]
From: Ralph Butts
Date: 20 Mar 97 - 07:21 AM

A couple of versions in the DT....Tiger


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: THE LITTLE STREAM OF WHISKEY
From: Gene Graham
Date: 24 Mar 97 - 03:47 AM

There is a version of The Dying Hobo attributed to having been recorded by Doc Watson in the data base. Perhaps it was from a different recording session. The one below was transcribed from the Vanguard album DOC WATSON AND SON - VSD 79170.


THE LITTLE STREAM OF WHISKEY - (aka THE DYIN' HOBO) - Recorded by Doc Watson
CAPO: 1st Fret/KEY: Bb/PLAY: A

[A] Just a mile west of the water tank on a [D] cold November day,
In a cold and lonesome [A] boxcar a [E] dyin' hobo lay.
His [A] pal sat there before him with a [D] low and drooping head,
Listenin' to the [A] last words his [E] dyin' buddy [A] said.

Goodbye, old pardner hobo. I hate to say goodbye,
But I hear my train a-comin' and I know she's a-getting nigh.
Gonna tell that old conductor just where I want to stop:
Where the little stream of whiskey comes flowing down the rocks.

We rode the rods together. We've rambled all around.
In ev'ry kind of weather, we slept out on the ground.
Old pardner, don't you miss that train that always makes the stop
Where the little stream of whiskey comes flowing down the rocks.

Would you tell my girl in Danville that she need not to worry at all?
I'm a-goin' to that country where I won't have to work a-tall.
No, I will not have to work there, nor even change my socks,
And the little stream of whiskey comes flowing down the rocks.

I'm a-goin' to that better place where ever'thing is right,
Where the handouts grow on bushes and they sleep out ever' night.
Won't have to wash my overhalls, nor even change my socks,
And the little stream of whiskey comes flowing down the rocks.


Liner notes state that the song is a hobo parody of "Bingen on the Rhine." A mid-nineteenth century ballad by Carolyn Lady Maxwell which was set to music in England and finally passed into oral tradition in the U.S.

Source: DOC WATSON AND SON, Vanguard VSD-79170


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Subject: RE: [little stream of whiskey]
From: dgburt@pioneer.net
Date: 24 Mar 97 - 12:56 PM

Received the words--they're what I was looking for. I have an old 78 out in my barn somewhere with this song on it--never could understand more than a few of the words--I don't know if it was your Doc Watson or not--as I recall it had probably two men singing with guitar and fiddle, and has "A Short Life of Trouble" on the other side.

I'm curious about the evolution of the song. It sounds, in maqny ways, more "authentic" than "Big Rock Candy Mountains", is obviously related, but has a completely different tune. The 19th century parody referred to is I'm sure part of the story. In any event, many thanks.


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Subject: RE: [little stream of whiskey]
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 24 Mar 97 - 12:58 PM

There are a mess of parodies of Bingen on the Rhine (including the Civil War "Bacon on the Rhine). Oddly, I've never seen the original. Dows anyone out there have it?


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Subject: RE: [little stream of whiskey]
From: Gene Graham
Date: 24 Mar 97 - 02:01 PM

To: dgburt.....you're right about the tune...it reminds me more of WHEN THE WORKS ALL DONE THIS FALL than BRCMt...This version has some mighty find pickin by Doc and Merle...guitar and harp. - Gene


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Subject: RE: [little stream of whiskey]
From: bob schwarer
Date: 24 Mar 97 - 06:30 PM

Norman Blake has a good version of this. Look for Norman & Nancy Blake "Blind Dog"

Bob S.


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Subject: RE: [little stream of whiskey]
From: belter
Date: 26 Mar 97 - 10:16 AM

The other night I was at a sca party where a historian was talking about his resarch into an order of monks called the vegans from wich the term vegabon seams to have come. They would travel about going from one monistary to the next, suporting them selves between monistarys by entertaining in pubs, teaching things they learned at the monistaries like latin, medicen, art, what ever, and living off the land. They developed quite bad reputation, singing bawdy songs, telling off collor jokes, and nocking up form girls along there way and were evensally striped of clerical status and later excomunicated. According to this guy, the story of the big rock candy mountan is desended from one of the vegan ledgeneds about one of their saints which I got the impresion, may have evolved for the benifit of their audiance whom they would need to please for the sake of getting handouts.

I'll see if I can get ahold of this guy and have him fill in the gaps or correct any fallacys I may have created in my retelling of a story I really didn't know to begin with.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Add: The Little Stream of Whiskey
From: GUEST,Patrice
Date: 24 Jan 12 - 01:42 AM

Hi, all

For me, "little frenchie" (living into the Loire Valley), discover this forum is a great joyce.
I purchase my first vinyl in 77: Memories. An from this time I don't understand well what Doc sings.
I think I'll come here sometime... Tons to learn.

Regards,

Patrice


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Add: The Little Stream of Whiskey
From: kendall
Date: 24 Jan 12 - 11:56 AM

I heard this from Norman Blake and it made me sit right down and learn to pick it. Thanks, Norman.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Add: The Little Stream of Whiskey
From: Mark Ross
Date: 24 Jan 12 - 12:19 PM

I learned a variant from Utah Phillips called THE DYING HOBO (which you can find online in THE HOBO'S HORNBOOK by George Milburn) that ends with "His partner stole his hat and coat and hopped the eastbound train."
Also, Utah's variant, which he learned on a surveying crew back in the fifies, uses a different tune, "I AM A UTAH MAN SIR". That tune is somewhat pedestrian, I thought, so I use the same tune as LITTLE STREAM OF WHISKEY.

Mark Ross


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