“There's A Man Going Round Taking Names”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1921 (Randolph)
Keywords: family death
Found in: US(SE)


"There's a man going round taking names (x2), And he took my mother's name, And he left my heart in pain, There's a man going round taking names." Similarly with father, sister, brother, etc.



  1. Sandburg, p. 447, "Man Goin' Roun'" (1 short text, 1 tune)
  2. Randolph 606, "The Angel of Death" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Lomax-ABFS, p. 591, "Man Goin' Round" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Silber-FSWB, p. 56, "There's A Man Goin' 'Round Takin' Names" (1 text)
  5. Roud #7548
  6. BI, San447