“Root, Hog, or Die”


The singer arrives in California broke and takes a job making hay. He soon gambles his pay away, gets drunk, and lands in jail. A friend pays his fine; he warns against the dangers of playing poker

Cross references


  1. Laws B21, "Root Hog or Die"
  2. Randolph 422, "Root Hog or Die" (5 texts, mostly short and perhaps excerpted, 3 tunes)
  3. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 347-349, "Root Hog or Die" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 422C)
  4. Silber-FSWB, p. 57, "Root, Hog, Or Die" (1 text)
  5. DT 598, ROOTHOG3
  6. Roud #3242
  7. BI, LB21


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1910
Found in: US(So)