Up a Tree

DESCRIPTION: Once I had friends that "came to dine and drank my wine." Now that I'm poor "when they see me on the Clyde They pass me on the other side." "While you have it keep it, or you'll soon be 'up a tree'." If I recover, "preserve me from my friends"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1868 (broadside, Bodleian Firth b.27(66))
KEYWORDS: poverty money drink abandonment hardtimes
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Greig 63, p. 3, ("Once I could drive my four-in-hand") (1 fragment)
GreigDuncan3 668, "Up a Tree" (2 fragments)

Roud #6095
Bodleian, Firth b.27(66), "Up a Tree" ("You see before you one who's been in life through many a changing scene"), The Poet's Box (Glasgow), 1868
cf. " Hard Up and Broken Down" (theme) and references there
cf. "Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime" (theme)
cf. "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" (theme)
cf. "If But One Heart Be True" (theme)
NOTES [38 words]: GreigDuncan3 entries are fragments; broadside Bodleian Firth b.27(66) is the basis for the description. - BS
"Passing by on the other side" is pretty clearly a reference to the parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:30-35. - RBW
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File: GrD3668

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