Boring for Oil

DESCRIPTION: The singer goes boring for oil with his "auger," and in some versions contracts a venereal disease.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1940 (Peters)
KEYWORDS: bawdy sex disease warning
FOUND IN: Canada(West) US(MA,MW,NE,So,SW)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Randolph-Legman I, pp. 58-60, "Boring for Oil" (4 texts, 1 tune)
Logsdon 26, pp. 160-162, "Boring for Oil" (1 text, 1 tune)
Peters, p. 263, "Boring for Oil" (1 text, 1 tune, possibly slightly expurgated)

Roud #10094
cf. "The Fire Ship" (plot) and references there
NOTES [66 words]: Logsdon says this "may be the oldest bawdy oil occupation song in tradition." There isn't much competition for that title. But Logsdon's version refers to "Oil City," which he believes to be in the Pennsylvania oil fields, which might date the song as early as the 1860s. And one of Randolph's variants apparently did date back to c. 1910. So while proof is lacking, Logsdon's claim is possible. - RBW
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