“When Jones's Ale Was New”

Alternate titles: “Jone's ale is newe”; “When John's Sail Was New”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1594 (stationer's register)
Keywords: drink nonballad landlord ritual
Found in: US(Ap,MA) Britain(England(All),Scotland) Australia

Description

Stories from Jones's Bar. Various drinkers come in, each with his tale or his unruly behavior or his demand. Most are hard workers whose burdens are relieved by the ale.

Notes

The song was sung by the "jolly boys" (pace-eggers) in Overton, Lancs, as part of their Easter house-to-house ritual. - PJS

Cross references

Broadsides

Recordings

References

  1. Doerflinger, pp. 168-169, "When Johnson's Ale Was New" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Ford-Vagabond, pp. 273-277, "When John's Ale Was New" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Copper-SoBreeze, pp. 284-285, "Four Jolly Fellows" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Kennedy 287, "When Jones's Ale Was New" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Combs/Wilgus 166, pp. 132-133, "The Jovial Tinker (Joan's Ale is Good)" (1 text -- a heavily modified version with a floating first verse and a final verse that may imply a Civil War setting)
  6. Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 245-248, "When Jones's Ale Was New" (1 text plus an excerpt from a British broadside)
  7. Silber-FSWB, p. 231, "Johnson's Ale" (1 text)
  8. BBI, ZN2502, "There was a jovial Tinker"
  9. DT, JONESALE JONESAL2 JONESAL3
  10. Roud #139
  11. BI, Doe168