Good Old Mountain Dew

DESCRIPTION: "Beside a hill there is a still Where the smoke runs up to the sky." The smell reveals that "the liquor boys are nigh." The making of the dew is described, and it is said to have been praised by scholars. The singer calls for more dew.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1916 (OLochlainn)
KEYWORDS: drink nonballad
FOUND IN: US(MA,SE) Canada(Ont) Ireland
REFERENCES (8 citations):
BrownIII 41, "The Hidden Still" (1 fragment, probably this piece)
BrownSchinhanV41, "The Hidden STill" (1 text, 1 tune)
OLochlainn 64, "The Real Old Mountain Dew" (1 text, 1 tune)
Morton-Maguire 23, pp. 53-54,112,166, "The Mountain Dew" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-ABFS, pp. 180-182, "Good Old Mountain Dew' (1 text, 1 tune)
Darling-NAS, pp. 288-289, "Real Old Mountain Dew" (1 text, filed with "Old Mountain Dew")
Silber-FSWB, p. 229, "Real Old Mountain Dew" (1 text)
DT, MTDEW2*

Roud #938
RECORDINGS:
O. J. Abbott, "The Real Old Mountain Dew" (on Abbott1)
The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, "The Real Old Mountain Dew" (on IRClancyMakem01)
John Griffin and Ed Geoghegan?, "The Real Old Mountain Dew" (on Voice13)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Are You There Moriarity" (tune, per OLochlainn)
ALTERNATE TITLES:
Let the Grasses Grow
NOTES: OLochlainn: "I am told it was written by Phil O Neill of Kinsale." - BS
Robert Gogan, 130 Great Irish Ballads (third edition, Music Ireland, 2004), p. 37, on the other hand, attributes it to Samuel Lover. But I should observe that few of his song notes seem to find support in reputable sources. And, of course, it's possible that Lover published a version without actually writing it.
Not to be confused with Bascom Lamar Lunsford's "Old Mountain Dew." - RBW
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File: LxA180

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