“Bunkhouse Ballad”


Parody of "Fifteen Men on the Dead Man's Chest": "Sixteen men in a pine-slab bunk/Waken with grunt and growl...Coffee and flapjacks, pork and beans/Are waitin' to fill your snoots". In other words, yet another account of life in a lumber camp.


Fifteen Men on the Dead Man's Chest" was included in Robert Louis Stevenson's _Treasure Island_. In 1891 Young E. Allison, of Louisville, KY, published a long and bloody version. Beck speculates that the composer of this parody may have seen Allison's, but without that text, it's impossible to tell. - PJS

Cross references


  1. Beck 18, "Bunkhouse Ballad" (1 text)
  2. Roud #8863
  3. BI, Be018


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1941 (Beck)
Found in: US(MW)