“Where Was You Last Night?”


"Oh, where was you last night (x3), Under them bilers sleeping." "I wend in the valley, Lord, I didn't go to stay, Under them bilers sleepin, My soul got happy... Under them boilers..." "The head mate hollered and the captain squalled..."


Almost all the lyrics of this song have parallels elsewhere (e.g. from "Down in the Valley to Pray," "The Bayou Sarah," and others), but the "Under them bilers [boilers] sleeping" chorus seems unique, so I have listed the song separately. - RBW


  1. MWheeler, pp. 77-79, "WHere Wuz You Las' Night" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #10026
  3. BI, MW077


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1944 (Wheeler)
Found in: US