“I Used to Work in Chicago”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1946 (recording, Three Bits of Rhythm)
Keywords: bawdy humorous
Found in: Australia Britain(England) US(Ro,SW)


The singer works in a succession of stores, asking female customers their desires, mistakenly fulfilling them and getting fired.


Oscar Brand has claimed a copyright of some of the verses of this song current in oral tradition. - EC

Larry Vincent claimed to have written the basic song, and it certainly has his, er, style. But the Three Bits of Rhythm record predates his, and they claim authorship credit themselves. Who knows? -PJS

Cross references



  1. Cray, pp. 245-251, "I Used to Work in Chicago" (3 texts, 1 tune)
  2. DT, CHCAGO*
  3. Roud #4837
  4. BI, EM245