Drunkard's Doom (I), The

DESCRIPTION: The singer sees a man at a bar or "grog shop door". His son begs him to come home; his wife is ill and his children starving. The drunkard instead takes another drink. A year later, the singer learns the drunkard is dead
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1905 (Belden)
KEYWORDS: drink death funeral
FOUND IN: US(Ap,MW,Ro,SE,So,SW)
REFERENCES (17 citations):
Belden, pp. 468-469, "The Drunkard's Doom" (1 text)
Randolph 306, "The Drunkard" (1 text, 1 tune)
Arnold, p. 58, "Drunkard's Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
Eddy 142, "Temperance Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
BrownIII 21, "The Drunkard's Doom" (1 text)
BrownSchinhanV 21, "The Drunkard's Doom" (1 tune plus an excerpt of text)
Warner 82, "Drunkard's Doom"; 83, "A Drunkard's Warning" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Sandburg, pp. 104-105, "The Drunkard's Doom" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hubbard, #109, "The Drunkard Is No More" (1 text)
Lomax-ABFS, pp. 174-175, "The Drunkard's Doom" (1 text, 1 tune)
JHCox 131, "Temperance Song" (1 text)
JHCoxIIB, #31A-B, pp. 203-206, "Temperance Song," "The Drunkard" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Boette, p. 122, "The Drunkard's Doom" (1 text, 1 tune)
Owens-2ed, p. 84, "The Grog Shop Door" (1 text, 1 tune)
Darling-NAS, pp. 357-358, "The Drunkard's Doom" (1 text)
Silber-FSWB, p. 265, "The Drunkard's Doom" (1 text)
cf. Gardner/Chickering, p. 478, "The Drunkard's Doom" (source notes only)

ST R306 (Partial)
Roud #3113
RECORDINGS:
Ted Chestnut, "The Drunkard's Doom" (Gennett 6638 [as Ted Chesnut]/Challenge 422 [as Oliver Moore], 1928)
[G. B.] Grayson & [Henry] Whitter, "I Saw a Man at the Close of Day" (Victor V-40324, 1929; on GraysonWhitter01)
Doc Watson & Fred Price, "I Saw a Man at the Close of Day" (on WatsonAshley01)

NOTES [51 words]: The Warner texts are rather complicated, not fitting exactly with any of the various drunkard songs, and not matching each other either. It may be that the second has become mixed. I file them here because they fit best and they probably aren't worth separate entries; there is too much cross-influence. - RBW
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File: R306

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