“There's A Man Going Round Taking Names”


"There's a man going round taking names (x2), And he took my mother's name, And he left my heart in pain, There's a man going round taking names." Similarly with father, sister, brother, etc.


  • Carolina Tar Heels, "There's A Man Goin' Round Takin' Names" (Victor V-40053, 1929, rec. 1928)
  • G. B. Grayson & Henry Whitter, "There's a Man Going 'Round Taking Names" (Victor, unissued, 1928)
  • Paul Robeson, "Dere's a Man Goin' Round Takin' Names" (HMV[UK]8637/Victor 25809, 1937)
  • Kenneth Spencer, "There's a Man Goin' Roun' Takin' Names" (Sonora 1119, n.d.)
  • Joshua White, "There's a Man Going Around Taking Names" (Melotone 12861, 1933/Conqueror 8271, 1934)


  1. Sandburg, p. 447, "Man Goin' Roun'" (1 short text, 1 tune)
  2. Randolph 606, "The Angel of Death" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Lomax-ABFS, p. 591, "Man Goin' Round" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Silber-FSWB, p. 56, "There's A Man Goin' 'Round Takin' Names" (1 text)
  5. Roud #7548
  6. BI, San447


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1921 (Randolph)
Keywords: family death
Found in: US(SE)