“The Jolly Wagoner”


"When first I went a-wagonin', a-wagonin' I did go, I filled my parents' hearts full of sorrow, grief and woe." The singer recalls being rained on, seeing birds in summer, driving hard roads in the winter. He rejoices to reach home and wife


Kennedy lists a number of earlier versions of this song -- but much of his text is floating-type material, and he is known to lump completely unrelated songs. So I have not listed any of the versions in his bibliography; most are probably this piece, but chances are that at least a few are not. And I don't know which. - RBW


  1. Kennedy 230, "The Jolly Waggoner" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #1088
  3. BI, K230


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (recorded from Fred Jordan by Peter Kennedy)
Found in: Britain(England(West))