“Jimmie Brown the Newsboy”

Author: A. P. Carter?
Earliest date: 1929 (recording, Carter Famiy)
Keywords: poverty travel abandonment work drink father worker
Found in: US(SE)

Description

Singer, Jimmie Brown, the newsboy of the town, wears no hat or shoes, and is cold and hungry. [He wanders from place to place.] He tells of his drunkard father, who has abandoned the family. His mother says he will "sell the gospel news" in heaven

Notes

Almost no one lists a composer for this song, but the Harry Fox Agency has two separate listings. One is for A. P. Carter, the other is for Jimmy Rodgers and George Vaughan. I'm inclined to believe the former, since I've found no evidence Rodgers ever recorded the song, but on the other hand he seems to have collaborated with Vaughan on at least one other song. - PJS

Recordings

References

  1. DT, JIMBROWN
  2. Roud #4996
  3. BI, RcJBtNew