“Come All You Young Men”


"Come all you young men and listen unto me, Never hang your shirt on a green briar tree, The leaves they will wither and the branches decay, And the graybacks will hatch out and pack your shirt away." A series of humorous warnings


This gives all the evidence of being a parody of one of the "rejected lover" type songs -- but there are other elements mixed in, so it's hard to say if there was only *one* source. - RBW


  1. Randolph 418, "Come All You Young Men" (1 text plus 1 fragment, 2 tunes)
  2. Roud #7684
  3. BI, R418


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1938 (Randolph)
Found in: US(So)