“The Young Man Who Travelled Up and Down”


"Once there was a young man who travelled up and down... And they told me there that the wars were o'er." Various workers enter, are described, and declare what they will or won't do "till the wars are o'er."


Cox speculates that this is an "imitation" of "Jones's Ale," in that both involve various people wandering in. As the chorus, form, setting, and characters are all different, however, I've agreed with Cox in listing this as a separate song. Roud lumps them. - RBW

Cross references


  1. JHCox 172, "The Young Man Who Travelled Up and Down" (1 text)
  2. Roud #139
  3. BI, JHCox172


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1915 (Cox)
Keywords: drink worker war
Found in: US(Ap)