“Oh, Once I Had a Fortune”


The singer describes how drink has cost him money and sweetheart: "Oh, once I had a fortune, All locked up in a trunk. I lost it all in a gambling hall One night when I got drunk. I'll never get drunk any more...."


  • Ernest V. Stoneman and the Dixie Mountaineers, "Once I Had a Fortune" (Edison 51935, 1927) (CYL: Edison [BA] 5357, 1927); Ernest V. Stoneman and His Blue Ridge Cornshuckers, "One I Had a Fortune" (Victor, unissued, 1928)


  1. Randolph 316, "Oh, Once I Had a Fortune" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 203-205, "I Had a Handsome Fortune" (1 text)
  3. BrownIII 36, "I'll Never Get Drunk Any More" (4 texts, all mixed, but the "D" text is mostly this piece, and "C" probably originated with this also)
  4. Roud #7792 and 1993
  5. BI, R316


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1847 (Journal of William Histed of the Cortes)
Keywords: drink poverty
Found in: US(So)