“Be Home Early Tonight, My Dear Boy”

Author: John Gibbons ?
Earliest date: 1914 (Wehman Brothers' Good Old Time Songs #3); reportedly first published 1882
Keywords: work mother death warning
Found in: US(SE,So)

Description

The singer's has worked hard all his life, and occasionally goes to town for fun. But his mother regularly tells him, "Be home early tonight." Once, when she is sick, he goes out partying and returns to find her dead. He warns against ignoring mother

Recordings

References

  1. Randolph 851, "Be Home Early Tonight, My Dear Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 534-536, "Be Home Early Tonight, My Dear Boy" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 851)
  3. BrownIII 27, "Be Home Early" (1 text)
  4. Spaeth-WeepMore, pp. 174-175, "Be Home Early Tonight, My Dear Boy" (1 text)
  5. Roud #7451
  6. BI, R851