Come All You Young Men

DESCRIPTION: "Come all you young men and listen unto me, Never hang your shirt on a green briar tree, The leaves they will wither and the branches decay, And the graybacks will hatch out and pack your shirt away." A series of humorous warnings
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1938 (Randolph)
KEYWORDS: humorous parody clothes bug
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Randolph 418, "Come All You Young Men" (1 text plus 1 fragment, 2 tunes)
Roud #7684
NOTES: This gives all the evidence of being a parody of one of the "rejected lover" type songs -- but there are other elements mixed in, so it's hard to say if there was only *one* source. - RBW
File: R418

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