“The Norway Bum”

Author: Joe Scott?
Earliest date: 1965 (Ives-DullCare)
Keywords: grief love marriage death mourning drink wife children
Found in: Canada(Mar)

Description

"I'm a bum and addicted to rum." His father drove the singer from home because "I loved a fair lass far beneath my own class." They married; his wife and child died in a fire in Norway. "To drown sorrow I plunged into rum... And now I am only a bum"

Notes

Ives-DullCare: "No one was killed in the fire that destroyed much of Norway, Maine, in 1894, and there is no evidence to show that the song is based on a real person or incident, but, since Scott was not given to fiction, we can be reasonably sure that he thought his source ... was factual." - BS

References

  1. Ives-DullCare, pp. 119-121, 251, "The Norway Bum" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #13992
  3. BI, IvDC119