“The Driver Boy”

Author: John A. Murphy (1900)
Keywords: father mining disease death
Found in: US(Ap,MA)


A teenage boy is too sick to drive his mule in the mines. His drunken father, thinking him lazy, beats him repeatedly. The boy dies of pneumonia; the father repents too late


The author of this song claims to have been an eyewitness and to have stepped in to keep the father from beating his son. It was, however, too late to save the boy from his pneumonia - RBW


  1. Laws G12, "The Driver Boy"
  2. DT 787, DRIVRBOY
  3. Roud #3253
  4. BI, LG12