“Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones”


"Sticks and stones may break my bones, Say what you please when I'm dead and gone, But I'm gonna drink corn liquor till I die." Singer may admit that he is not respected, or "know you'll talk about me when I'm gone," but will enjoy himself now/hereafter


Presumably related to the common rhyme "Sticks and stones will break my bones, But names will never hurt me" (for which see, e.g. Montgomerie-ScottishNR 152, "(Sticks and Stones)." This, however, takes a slightly different twist on the ending. - RBW


  1. BrownIII 39, "Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones" (1 text)
  2. Roud #7860
  3. BI, Br3039


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1913 (Brown)
Found in: US(SE)