“The Home Brew Song”


The singer "makes the whiskey That some people calls home brew." He is arrested and taken for trial to Newcastle. Condemned by a woman's testimony, he is sentenced to $200 or 6 months. He chooses bug-ridden prison because "they feed on bread and tea"

Supplemental text

Home Brew Song, The
  Partial text(s)

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From Louise Manny and James Reginald Wilson, Songs of Miramichi,
#20, pp. 108-110. From the singing of Wilmot MacDonald of Glenwood
in 1947.

Oh, come listen to those verses
  I made up the other day,
'Twas all about two jolly boys
  Unto the woods did stray.
Being fond of outdoor pleasuring,
  For what I say is true,
We're the boys that make the whiskey
  That some people calls home brew.

(9 additional stanzas)

Same tune

  • Manny/Wilson: "The Home Brew Song was written in Prohibition Days by Frank O'Hara of Grey Rapids while he was serving a term in the County Jail for selling home brew." - BS


  1. Manny/Wilson 21, "The Home Brew Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST MaWi021 (Partial)
  3. Roud #9192
  4. BI, MaWi021


Author: Frank O'Hara (Manny/Wilson)
Earliest date: 1947 (Manny/Wilson)
Found in: Canada(Mar)