“The Buttermilk Boy”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1924 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: money commerce poverty
Found in: Ireland


A poor boy tells his mother of his plan to get buttermilk, sell it to buy eggs, raise chickens, sell chickens, etc., and so get rich. Very early on, he spills the goods and his schemes come to naught. Listeners are warned against counting their chickens


  1. SHenry H57a, pp. 57-58, "The Buttermilk Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #1227
  3. BI, HHH057a