“The Big Rock Candy Mountain”

Author: Unknown; popularized by Harry "Haywire Mac" McClintock
Earliest date: 1906 (version by Marshall Locke & Charles Tyner published)
Keywords: hobo railroading dream food drink
Found in: US

Description

The hobo arrives and announces that he is heading for the Big Rock Candy Mountain. He describes its delights: Handouts growing on bushes, blind railroad bulls, jails made out of tin, barns full of hay, dogs with rubber teeth, "little streams of alcohol"

Same tune

Recordings

References

  1. Lomax-FSUSA 79, "The Big Rock Candy Mountain" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Lomax- FSNA 221, "The Big Rock Candy Mountain" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Botkin-AmFolklr, pp. 884-886, "The Big Rock Candy Mountains" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Arnett, pp. 116-117, "Big Rock Candy Mountain" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. PSeeger-AFB, p. 66, "The Big Rock Candy Mountain" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Greenway-AFP, pp. 203-204, "(The Big Rock Candy Mountain") (1 text)
  7. Silber-FSWB, p. 61, "The Big Rock Candy Mountain" (1 text)
  8. DT, BIGRKCND BIGROCK2 (BIGROCK3 -- bawdy parody)
  9. Roud #6696
  10. BI, LxU079