Great American Bum, The (Three Jolly Bums)

DESCRIPTION: "Come all you jolly jokers if you want to have some fun And listen while I relate the tale of a great American bum." The singer rejoices getting maximum results from minimum work: "I am a bum, a jolly old bum, and I live like a royal Turk...."
AUTHOR: Harry "Haywire Mac" McClintock
EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (Sandburg)
KEYWORDS: rambling begging work
FOUND IN: US Australia
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Fahey-Eureka, pp. 192-193, "The Two Professional Hums" (sic; see note) (1 text, 1 tune)
Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 293-295, "Two Professional Hums" (1 text)
Sandburg, p. 183, "Shovellin' Iron Ore"; 192, "We Are Four Bums" (1 text plus a fragment, 2 tunes)
Gilbert, pp. 184-185, "The Great American Bum" (1 text)
Silber-FSWB, p. 50, "The Great American Bum" (1 text)

Roud #9833
RECORDINGS:
Vernon Dalhart, "The Bum Song" (Columbia 1488-D, 1928)
Dick Holmes, "The Bum Song" (Oriole 1324, 1928)
Eddie Kirk, "Bum Song" (Edison 52384, 1928)
Frank Luther, "The Bum Song" (Brunswick 254/Brunswick 4029, 1928)
Frank Marvin, "The Bum Song" (Romeo 719/Cameo 8296 [as Lazy Larry], 1928
Harry "Mac" McClintock, "The Bum Song" (Victor 21343, c. 1928) (Decca 5640, 1939)
Hobo Jack Turner [pseud. Ernest Hare] "The Bum Song" (Harmony 705-H/Diva 2705-G/Velvet Tone 1705-V, 1928)
"Weary Willie", "The Bum Song" (Perfect 12461/Pathe 32382, 1928; this is, surprisingly, not the same recording as the one by "Lazy Larry")
Pete Wiggins, "The Bum Song" (OKeh 41092, 1928)

SAME TUNE:
Vernon Dalhart, "The Bum Song No. 2" (CYL: Edison [BA] 5653, n.d.); Vernon Dalhart & Co., "The Bum Song, No. 2" (Edison 52472, 1929)
Jerry Ellis [pseud. for Jack Golding] "Bum Song #2" (Champion 15646, 1928; Supertone 9342 [as Weary Willie], 1929)
Harry "Mac" McClintock, "The Bum Song, No. 2" (Victor 21704, 1928) (Decca 5689, 1939)
Carson Robison Trio, "Bum Song No. 5" (Pathe 32477, 1929; Perfect 12571, 1930)
ALTERNATE TITLES:
The Bum Song
NOTES: "Hum" is Australian slang for "bum"; the Australian version abounds in such localizations.
Something like the "gimmick" of this song seems to go back about four centuries According to T. A. Shippey on p. 33, there is a 1622 citation, "I might haue been a scholler, learn'd my Grammer, But I haue lost all...." - RBW
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File: FaE192

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