I Was Drunk Last Night

DESCRIPTION: "I was drunk last night, my darlin', And drunk the night before, But if ever I get sober, I'll never get drunk any more. Beautiful light o'er the sea...." "An' now I'll gather the roses To twine in my long braided hair...."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1934 (Randolph)
KEYWORDS: drink courting nonballad religious
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Randolph 407, "I Was Drunk Last Night" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #7681
RECORDINGS:
Red Patterson's Log Rollers, "I'll Never Get Drunk Any More" (Victor 20936, 1927)
Riley Puckett, "I'll Never Get Drunk Anymore" (Columbia 15063, 1926)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Drunk Last Night" (initial line)
NOTES: This song is, in a way, impressive: In the space of twelve lines, it manages to invoke three songs: a "Never Get Drunk Any More" piece, the hymn "Beautiful Light," and something similar to "Wildwood Flower." Now all it needs is a stanza of a murder ballad to include every song-type known to humanity. - RBW
Not quite; it doesn't mention trains, trucks, prison, or mama. -PJS
"Trucks"? What do you think this is? A Nashville Nonsense Index? :-) - RBW
File: R407

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