Please, Mister Barkeeper

DESCRIPTION: "Please, Mr. Barkeeper, has father been here?" The barkeeper directs the hoy to the policeman, and the policeman to the jailer; the man has been arrested (for drink?). The boy waits all day outside the prison. Finally someone promises to drink no more
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1941 (Peters)
KEYWORDS: drink prison children
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Peters, pp. 256-257, "Please, Mister Bartender" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #4926 and 15678
NOTES: This looks like a pretty standard nineteenth century temperance song, but the ending in Peters is confused. As it stands, the boy awaits his father in vain, then goes home and promises to drink no more. I suspect two verses have been conflated: The boy probably waits all day, then the father is released (perhaps due to the boy's pleading) and promises to change his ways. - RBW
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