“Benny Havens”

Author: "Lt. O'Brien of the 8th Infantry"
Earliest date: 1838
Keywords: soldier drink
Found in: US(So)


The exploits of Benny (Benjie) Havens at West Point. After some time as a cadet and soldier, he turns to selling whiskey to his comrades. Chorus: "Oh! Benny Havens's, oh! Oh! Benny Havens's, oh! We'll sing our reminiscences of Benny Havens's, oh!"


Benny Havens reportedly served in the American military in the War of 1812, then opened a small store near the "cadet hospital." By 1832, he was selling liquor, and was forced off the military reservation as a result. He proceeded to re-open just off the grounds, and established quite a clientele among the officers-to-be. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Randolph 232, "Benjy Havens" (1 text, 1 tune, both fragmentary)
  2. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 540-543, "Benny Havens, Oh!" (1 text)
  3. Darling-NAS, pp. 344-345, "Benny Havens, Oh!" (1 text)
  5. Roud #7707
  6. BI, R232