“Rum By Gum (Temperance Union Song)”


"We're coming, we're coming, our brave little band, On the right side of temperance we do take our stand.... Away, away with rum, by gum, The song of the Temperance Union." Various verses on the value of sobriety


Warning: All the Digital Tradition versions are parodies of one sort or another (AWAYRUM5 is 35 verses, almost all silly, almost all modern). Many singers today sing this as a joke. But the roots of this piece are almost certainly serious (compare Randolph's version). - RBW


  1. Randolph 317, "Temperance Song" (1 text, 1 tune -- a fragment without the chorus)
  2. Pankake-PHCFSB, pp. 6-7, "Away With Rum" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Silber-FSWB, p. 233, "Away With Rum" (1 text)
  5. Roud #12765
  6. BI, R317


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1941 (Randolph)
Found in: US(So)