“Put the Traffic Down”


"Here comes Jones with his face so cross"; drink has left him destitute. "Here comes Squire Brown," rich from selling liquor. The singer calls for an end to the liquor trade: "Put it down, put it down, put the unholy traffic down!"


  1. Randolph 334, "Put the Traffic Down" (1 text plus an excerpt, 1 tune)
  2. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 267-269, "Put the Traffic Down" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 314A)
  3. Roud #7790
  4. BI, R334


Alternate titles: “The Yorktown Rum Seller”; “Old Jones”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1924 (Randolph)
Keywords: drink political money
Found in: US(So)