Everybody Works but Father

DESCRIPTION: Singer describes his father's indolence and the rest of the family's industry. Eventually his father takes a job while everyone else relaxes. Chorus: "Everybody works but Father, he hangs around all day... Everyone works around our house but my old man."
AUTHOR: (see NOTES)
EARLIEST DATE: 1905 (sheet music published by Helf & Hager)
LONG DESCRIPTION: Singer describes his father's indolence and the rest of the family's industry. Eventually his father takes a job to clean up Decatur St.; now he works while everyone else vacations. Chorus: "Everybody works but Father, he hangs around all day/Feet stretched out by the fire, smoking his pipe of clay/Mother takes in washing and so does sister Ann/Everyone works around our house but my old man"
KEYWORDS: work father family worker humorous
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (2 citations):
ADDITIONAL: Robert A. Fremont, editor, _Favorite Songs of the Nineties_, Dover Publications, 1973, pp. 78.81, "Everybody works but Father" (1 text,1 tune, a copy of the published sheet music)
Peter Davison, _Songs of The British Music Hall_, Oak, 1971, pp. 208-210, "We All Go to Work But Father" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #4782
RECORDINGS:
Fiddlin' John Carson, "Everybody Works but Father" (OKeh 45056, 1926)
Billy Murray, "Everybody Works But Father" (Victor 4519, 1905)
Riley Puckett, "Everybody Works but Father" (Columbia 15078-D, 1926)
Bob Roberts, "Everybody Works But Father" (CYL: Edison 9100, 1905)
Unknown baritone, "Everybody Works But Father" (Busy Bee 1219, c. 1906)
Frank Wilson, "Everybody Works But Father" (Victor 4727, 1906)

NOTES: Early versions of this entry credited this song to Jean Havez, based presumably on the sheet music. Davidson, however, credits words to J. C. Heffron and music to Leslie Reed. Given the song's clear music hall connections, I incline to accept the latter attribution, but I can't prove it. - RBW
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