“Pass Around the Bottle (As We Go Marching Home)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1926 (recording, Gid Tanner & his Skillet Lickers)
Keywords: drink floatingverses Civilwar execution drink nonballad
Found in: US(SE)


"Pass around the bottle and we'll all take a drink (x2) As we go marching home." "Pull out the stopper and fill it up again." "Hang John Brown on a sour apple tree." "Grasshopper sitting on a sweet potato vine." Etc.


Since this is almost entirely floating verses, with a floating chorus, it probably is actually a version of something else. But without a tune, we can't really tell what.

Paul Stamler tells me that Gid Tanner recorded this to the tune of "John Brown's Body." However, this does not fit the text printed by Brown (which is only three lines long rather than four). - RBW

Cross references



  1. BrownIII 34, "Pass Around the Bottle" (1 text)
  2. Roud #7858
  3. BI, Br3034