“Take a Drink on Me”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (recording, Charlie Poole)
Keywords: crime drink nonballad floatingverses
Found in: US(SE)

Description

Chorus "Take a drink on me/All you rounders, take a drink on me...." Verses float: "What did you do with that gun in your hand You give it to a rounder and he shot a good man", "If you keep on stalling, you'll make me think... your daddy was a monkey..."

Long description

Floating verses, linked by chorus "Take a drink on me/All you rounders, take a drink on me/Oh, Lord, honey take a drink on me." Verses include "What did you do with that gun in your hand/You give it to a rounder and he shot a good man", "If you keep on stalling, you'll make me think/That your daddy was a monkey and your mama was an ape"; "You see that gal with a hobble on/She's good looking just as sure as you're born"

Notes

This is a problem in classification. On the one hand, it's clearly a version of "Take a Whiff on Me." On the other, none of the verses of the latter show up in this song. So I call them siblings but, since we're being splitters here, different songs.

[The version on page 28 of the Folksinger's Wordbook], although it uses the "whiff" chorus, consists entirely of floating verses -- none of them the same as the verses in the Cohen/Seeger/Wood version, but many shared with common fiddle tunes. - PJS

Same tune

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Recordings

References

  1. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, pp. 156-157, "Take a Drink on Me" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Rorrer, p. 77, "Take a Drink on Me" (1 text)
  3. Darling-NAS, p. 289, "Take a Drink on Me" (1 text)
  4. Scarborough-NegroFS, p. 239, (no title) (1 fragment, in which the listener is urged to "take a one on me!"; it seems more likely that it's this than "take a whiff")
  5. Silber-FSWB, p. 28, "Take A Whiff On Me" (1 text); p. 235, "Take A Drink On Me" (2 texts)
  6. DT, DRNKONME*
  7. Roud #10062
  8. BI, CSW156