Little Old Dudeen
DESCRIPTION: If not for Walter Raleigh "I wouldn't be smoking my old dudeen." The singer smokes to keep peace when his wife grumbles. At his wake there'll be poteen but "into me gob, so help me bob, you'll find me old dudeen"
AUTHOR: Words: Ed Harrigan/Music: John Braham
EARLIEST DATE: 1951 (MUNFLA/Leach; Peacock); reportedly written 1875
KEYWORDS: nonballad funeral
1554-1618 - Life of Sir Walter Raleigh, credited in the song with bringing tobacco to Europe (in fact it was first introduced to Europe by Columbus, and cultivated in Iberia; the first American tobacco plantation was founded by John Rolfe)
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Peacock, pp. 377-378, "My Old Dudeen" (1 text, 1 tune)
ST Pea337 (Partial)
Mike Kent, "My Old Dudeen" (on PeacockCDROM) [one verse only]; "My Old Dudeen" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
NOTES [74 words]: Library of Congress American Memory 19th century song sheets collection as "Little Old Dudeen": Words Ed Harrigan, Music John Braham, pub Boston 1875.
Harrigan and Hart famous vaudeville team per The Big Bands Database Plus site entry for David Braham.
See The Black Dudeen by Robert Service for one [use of the] phrase "tucked in me gub, me old dudeen." - BS
For background on Harrigan and Braham, see the notes to "Babies on Our Block." - RBW
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