Root, Hog, or Die [Laws B21]
DESCRIPTION: The singer arrives in California broke and takes a job making hay. He soon gambles his pay away, gets drunk, and lands in jail. A friend pays his fine; he warns against the dangers of playing poker
EARLIEST DATE: 1910
KEYWORDS: poverty drink gambling prison reprieve
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Laws B21, "Root Hog or Die"
Randolph 422, "Root Hog or Die" (5 texts, mostly short and perhaps excerpted, 3 tunes)
Randolph/Cohen, pp. 347-349, "Root Hog or Die" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 422C)
Silber-FSWB, p. 57, "Root, Hog, Or Die" (1 text)
DT 598, ROOTHOG3
cf. "Root, Hog, or Die (II)"
cf. "Root, Hog, or Die (III)"
cf. "Root, Hog, or Die (IV)"
cf. "Root, Hog, or Die (V)"
cf. "Root, Hog, or Die (Confederate Version)"
[All the other Root, Hog, or Die songs]
New Jers-A ("Come, kind friends, all draw near," by C. A. Boggs) (WolfAmericanSongSheets p. 107)
Union Root Hog or Die  ("Now gentlement all listen, a story you shall know") (WolfAmericanSongSheets p. 163)
Union Root Hog or Die  ("Away down in South Carolina, they're kicking up a muss") (WolfAmericanSongSheets p. 163)
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