Barley Bree, The
DESCRIPTION: Old Robin goes to town to sell his wood but comes home drunk. His loving wife complains. He threatens to beat her and the children and burn the house. He falls off the chair and sleeps on the floor. Now "Robin's turned teetotaler" and she is happy.
EARLIEST DATE: 1910 (GreigDuncan3)
KEYWORDS: drink husband wife home commerce abuse injury
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Greig #153, p. 1, "The Barley Bree"; Greig #156, p. 2, "The Barley Bree" (1 text plus 1 fragment)
GreigDuncan3 586, "The Barley Bree" (2 texts)
cf. "There's Nae Luck Aboot the Hoose" (tune, per Greig)
NOTES: Greig: "Miss Robertson says that it is taken from a Temperance song-book published some 50 years ago."  - BS
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