“Bung Yer Eye”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1926 (Rickaby)
Keywords: fight dancing drink lover
Found in: US(MW) Canada(West)

Description

Singer praises his girlfriend, Kitty, and tells of a rowdy dance he takes her to where (Long Tom/Silver Jack) "bossed the whole shebang", Big Dan plays the fiddle, and Tom (Jack) eventually "cleans out" the joint. Chorus: "Bung yer eye! Bung yer eye!"

Long description

Singer praises his girlfriend, Kitty, and tells of a rowdy dance he takes her to where (Long Tom/Silver Jack) "bossed the whole shebang," Big Dan plays the fiddle, and Tom (Jack) eventually "cleans out" the joint by kicking out sailors (farmers). Chorus: "Bung yer eye! Bung yer eye!"

Notes

This should not be confused with the "Bung Your Eye" that is a version of "Quare Bungo Rye." No relation other than the chorus. The "Silver Jack" referred to in one version of this song is the same character that stars in the song of the same name. - PJS

Cross references

References

  1. Rickaby 33, "Bung Yer Eye" (1 text)
  2. Beck 41, "Bung Yer Eye" (2 texts)
  3. Fowke-Lumbering #4, "A-Lumbering We Go" (1 text, 1 tune, a mixed text starting with two stanzas of "Once More A-Lumbering Go" and continuing with a version of "Bung Yer Eye" minus the chorus)
  4. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 450-451, "Bung Yer Eye" (1 text)
  5. Roud #6513
  6. BI, Be041