Fond of Chewing Gum

DESCRIPTION: The singer "fell in love with a pretty little girl" who was "fond of chewing gum." He describes their courting, always recalling the gum. When they are to be wed, she cannot say "I do" because her mouth was full of gum. Now he avoids gum-chewers
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1915 (Pound)
KEYWORDS: courting love marriage separation food humorous
REFERENCES (6 citations):
Randolph 368, "Fond of Chewing Gum" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Randolph/Cohen, pp. 297-299, "Fond of Chewing Gum" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 368A)
BrownSchinhanV 670, "Chewing Gum Song" (1 tune plus a text excerpt)
Boswell/Wolfe 87, pp. 138-139, "Chewing Gum" (1 text, 1 tune)
Cohen/Seeger/Wood, p. 158, "Chewing Gum" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 239, "Chewing Gum" (1 text)

Roud #3714
Carter Family, "Chewing Gum" (Victor 21517, 1928; Montgomery Ward M-7019, 1936)
Richard Cox, "Chewing Chawin' Gum" (Champion S-166931933; Champion 45040, 1935; rec. 1932)
Lake Howard, "Chewing Chewing Gum" (Perfect 13128/Melotone M-13355/Oriole 8449, 1935; on CrowTold02)
New Lost City Ramblers, "Chewing Gum" (on NLCR10) (on NLCR12)

cf. "A Railroader for Me (Soldier Boy for Me)" (floating verses)
NOTES [63 words]: The Carter Family version of this song includes a number of floating verses ("I wouldn't have a lawyer/Now here's the reason why/Every time he opens his mouth/He tells a great big lie"; "Mama don't 'low me to whistle/Papa don't 'low me to sing/They don't want me to marry/I'll marry just the same"). Their absence in the Randolph text implies that they are intrusions. - RBW, (PJS)
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File: R368

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