“The Drunkard's Child (I)”


"Oh, father, do not ask me why the tears roll down my cheek... It breaks my heart to think that I must be a drunkard's child." The child recalls how much better things were when mother was alive and father was sober. (S)he asks father to turn to God

Cross references

  • cf. "Drunkard's Lone Child" (plot)


  • Frank J. Smith, "The Drunkard's Child" (Columbia 15137-D, 1927; rec. 1926)
  • Henry Whitter's Virginia Breakdowners, "The Drunkard's Child" (OKeh 40169, 1924)


  1. Randolph 331, "The Drunkard's Child" (1 text)
  2. Roud #7803
  3. BI, R331


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1924 (recording, Henry Whitter)
Keywords: drink orphan
Found in: US(So)