“Rantin', Roarin', Drunk on the Way”


Singer tells of getting drunk with his friends (all of whom he names) on the way to the lumber camp at Upyongo. At the end of the season, at home, they reminisce about how they got "drunk on the way."


The "moniker song" consists mostly of listing the names of one's compatriots, and perhaps telling humorous vignettes about each; it's common among lumberjacks, hoboes, and probably other groups. - PJS

This particular song shares the general chorus with "How We Got Up to the Woods Last Year" (where it runs "Rant and roar and drunk on the way"), but the plots seem distinct enough that Roud and I both split them. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Beck 65, "Rattlin', Roarin', Drunk on the Way" (1 text)
  2. Roud #8845
  3. BI, Be065


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1941 (Beck)
Keywords: drink moniker logger
Found in: US(MW)