CABBAGE HEAD

Latest update on 03/05/2010

Artist: Rabbit Foot Minstrels
Author: traditional
Year: 1920

European origin, somewhere between Scotland and Germany, why not from the low lands. This is the ballad of the man coming home every evening, drunk as drunk can be, only half realising he's no longer the only man around. Who drank from my cup? Who's sleeping in my bed? That's no head, says his wife, that's a cabbage. Relates with both Seven Drunken Nights and Snowy White & the Seven Dwarfs.

Covers:

1920s:

Al G. Fields Minstrels

1928:

Lena & Sylvester Kimbrough [as Cabbage Head Blues]

1929:

Coley Jones [as Drunkard's Special on the Anthology of American Folk Music]

1937:

E.C. Ball & Orna [as Three Nights Drunk]

1940s:

Sam & Kirk McGee

1948:

Tom Archia

1956:

Ewan MacColl [als Our Goodman]

1960:

Weavers [as You Old Fool]

1961:

Pete Seeger [as Four Nights Drunk]

1961:

Harry Cox [as Our Goodman]

1965:

John Jacob Niles [idem]

1967:

Dubliners [as Seven Drunken Nights, more or less banned in Ireland, top 5 UK; learned it from sean nos singer Joe Heaney, a regular drinking partner in O'Donahue's pub in Merrion Row]

1967:

Cisco Houston [idem]

1967:

Doc Watson [idem]

1968:

Seeger Sisters [as Five Nights Drunk]

1968:

New Lost City Ramblers [as Four Nights Drunk]

1968:

Brook Benton [as Intoxicated Rat]

1971:

Professor Longhair

1971:

Steeleye Span [lyrical elements in Four Nights Drunk]

1992:

Dr. John

1999:

Ruth Brown

2003:

Kate Rusby [as Goodman]

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