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Alternative title: Haul for the Grog

Performer: Cobb, Alf
Place Collected: Siddington
Date collected: 1969 (January)
Collector: Baldwin, John
Roud Number: 475

A popular drinking song in several versions, found all over the English-speaking world from the early 20th century onwards.  Mr Cobbs’s version came at the end of the Sapperton Mummers play. A Mr Fletcher gave a vigorous account of it being sung in the Royal Navy, accompanied by actions amounting to strip tease, with the performer removing one item of clothing per verse. Another version of this song was popularised as “All for me Grog”.

James Madison Carpenter recorded substantially the same version in about 1930 from Thomas Green.  Gwilym Davies recorded a fragment of Mr Cobb’s version in March 1977, which is the audio given here.


Notes by Gwilym Davies and Jon Lighter