“Good Old Mountain Dew”


"Beside a hill there is a still Where the smoke runs up to the sky." The smell reveals that "the liquor boys are nigh." The making of the dew is described, and it is said to have been praised by scholars. The singer calls for more dew.


OLochlainn: "I am told it was written by Phil O Neill of Kinsale." - BS

Not to be confused with Bascom Lamar Lunsford's "Old Mountain Dew." - RBW

Cross references

  • cf. "Are You There Moriarity" (tune, per OLochlainn)


  • O. J. Abbott, "The Real Old Mountain Dew" (on Abbott1)
  • The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, "The Real Old Mountain Dew" (on IRClancyMakem01)
  • John Griffin and Ed Geoghegan?, "The Real Old Mountain Dew" (on Voice13)


  1. BrownIII 41, "The Hidden Still" (1 fragment, probably this piece)
  2. OLochlainn 64, "The Real Old Mountain Dew" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Morton-Maguire 23, pp. 53-54,112,166, "The Mountain Dew" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 180-182, "Good Old Mountain Dew' (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Darling-NAS, pp. 288-289, "Real Old Mountain Dew" (1 text, filed with "Old Mountain Dew")
  6. Silber-FSWB, p. 229, "Real Old Mountain Dew" (1 text)
  7. DT, MTDEW2*
  8. Roud #938
  9. BI, LxA180


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1916 (OLochlainn)
Keywords: drink nonballad
Found in: US(MA,SE) Canada(Ont) Ireland