Poor Little Joe (The Dying Newsboy)

DESCRIPTION: The singer is in New York (or London) when he meets a (newsboy) -- "Although he was singing, he wanted for bread; Although he was smiling, he wished himself dead." The poor newsboy is ignored by the well-to-do, and is at last found dead in the street
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1879 (Journal of the Andrew Hicks)
KEYWORDS: death poverty hardtimes
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Randolph 716, "Poor Little Joe" (1 text plus a fragment)
JHCox 152, "Poor Little Joe" (1 text)
JHCoxIIB, #33, p. 209, "Poor Little Joe" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
Stout 48, pp. 64-65, "Poor Little Joe" (1 text plus a fragment)
Neely, p. 254, "Poor Little Joe" (1 text)
Hubbard, #101, "Poor Little Joe" (2 texts)
Huntington-Gam, pp. 243-244, "Poor Little Joe" (1 text, 2 tunes)
cf. Gardner/Chickering, p. 482, "Poor Little Joe" (source notes only)

Roud #3111
Red Patterson's Piedmont Log Rollers, "Poor Little Joe" (Victor 35874, 1928)
James Ragan [pseud. for Roy Harvey], "Poor Little Joe" (Challenge 394, c. 1928)
Earl Shirkey & Roy Harper [Roy Harvey], "Poor Little Joe" (Columbia 15376-D, 1928)
Arnold Keith Storm, "Poor Little Joe" (on AKStorm01)

cf. "Won't You Buy My Pretty Flowers" (theme of a young person trying to sell something no one bothers to buy)
File: R716

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