“Poor Little Joe (The Dying Newsboy)”


The singer is in New York when he meets a newsboy -- "Although he was singing, he wanted for bread; Although he was smiling, he wished himself dead." The poor newsboy is ignored by the well-to-do, and is at last found dead in the street


  • Red Patterson's Piedmont Log Rollers, "Poor Little Joe" (Victor 35874, 1928)
  • James Ragan [pseud. for Roy Harvey], "Poor Little Joe" (Challenge 394, c. 1928)
  • Earl Shirkey & Roy Harper [Roy Harvey], "Poor Little Joe" (Columbia 15376-D, 1928)
  • Arnold Keith Storm, "Poor Little Joe" (on AKStorm01)


  1. Randolph 716, "Poor Little Joe" (1 text plus a fragment)
  2. JHCox 152, "Poor Little Joe" (1 text)
  3. JHCoxIIB, #33, p. 209, "Poor Little Joe" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
  4. cf. Gardner/Chickering, p. 482, "Poor Little Joe" (source notes only)
  5. Roud #3111
  6. BI, R716


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1915 (Cox)
Keywords: death poverty hardtimes
Found in: US(Ap,So)