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Looking for information on 'The Drunkards Boy'

GUEST,Guest 15 Jun 13 - 03:30 PM
Noreen 15 Jun 13 - 10:13 PM
GUEST,Guest 15 Jun 13 - 11:08 PM
JohnInKansas 15 Jun 13 - 11:47 PM
GUEST,Another guest 16 Jun 13 - 12:15 AM
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Subject: Origins: Looking for information on the song 'The
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 15 Jun 13 - 03:30 PM

Can anybody tell if the song, "The Drunkards Boy" Is in the public domain. if not, Who holds the copyrights. Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Looking for information on the song 'The
From: Noreen
Date: 15 Jun 13 - 10:13 PM

You'll have to give a bit more information to pin down the exact song you mean.

Do you have the lyrics, or who sings it, for example?

There could be any number of songs with the same 'title'.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Looking for information on the song 'The
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 15 Jun 13 - 11:08 PM

The DRUNKARDS SON

In an old dusty Attic of a Tenement House,
I happened to wander one Day,
And there on the Rafters mid Shavings and Chips,
A Drunkard's poor little Boy lay.

Oh why are You lyiny up here in the cold,
What makes You lie on This hard Bed,
My Father's a Drunkard and He beat Me Today,
My darling old Mother is dead

I'm hiding from Father and please Sir dont tell,
He beat Me 'cause I would not steal,
He said He would kill Me the next time I failed,
And I'm so afraid Sir, He will.

I'm leaving You here Son I sadly replied,
But I will be back right away,
But when I returned to the Attic,I found,
That Jesus had been There that Day.

The Chips and the Shavings were There as before,
As the little Boy lay on His Bed,
With Tears on His Cheeks and His Hands at His Side,
The Poor little Fellow was dead.

A Picture of Mother lay close to His Heart,
A faint little Note by His Head,
As I opened the Paper My Eyes filled with Tears,
For These were the Words that I read:

I'm hiding with Jesus across the Divide,
With dear Mother forever I'll dwell,
And thank You dear Mister for Your kindness to Me,
And now It's all right if You tell.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Looking for information on the song 'The
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 15 Jun 13 - 11:47 PM

No recollection of ever having heard the song, but the lyric is in a style common during the US Prohibition campaign era. Campaign "song books" were a popular method of propagandizing, and many local and regional groups produced their own books.

This song doesn't appear in any of the three or four such songbooks I've come across, but a search on/in Temperance organizations might be a place to look. Unfortunately, there were lots of such groups and some of them were pretty much "local."

Should you happen to find the song, my observation is that the organizations were quite variable regarding a claim of copyright on the book as a whole, although they often gave a "composer name," many of whom seemed to be little old ladies of good intent but otherwise untraceable.

Vaguely similar songs appeared in a few "political party" songbooks in the era, but the "message" is a little stronger than I'd expect to see in one of those.

John


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Subject: RE: Origins: Looking for information on the song 'The
From: GUEST,Another guest
Date: 16 Jun 13 - 12:15 AM

The song is by Hank Snow
And is famously one that Dylan copied out in his own handwriting


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