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Dooley lyrics

  • Artist: American Folk Also performed by: The Darlings (United States), The Dillards
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Dooley

Dooley was a good ol' man,
He lived below the mill.
Dooley had two daughters
And a forty-gallon still.
 
One gal watched the boiler,
The other watched the spout,
And mama corked the bottles
When ol' Dooley fetched 'em out!
 
Dooley! Slippin' up the holler!
Dooley! Try to make a dollar!
Dooley! Give me a swaller,
And I'll pay you back someday!
 
The revenuers came for him,
A-slippin' though the woods.
Dooley kept behind them all
And never lost his goods!
 
Dooley was a trader,
When into town he'd come,
Sugar by the bushel,
And molasses by the tun!
 
Dooley! Slippin' up the holler!
Dooley! Try to make a dollar!
Dooley! Give me a swaller,
And I'll pay you back someday.
 
I remember very well
The day ol' Dooley died.
The women folk looked sorry,
And the men stood around and cried!
 
Now Dooley's on the mountain,
He lies there all alone.
They put a jug beside him,
And a barrel for his stone!
 
Dooley! Slippin' up the holler!
Dooley! Try to make a dollar!
Dooley! Give me a swaller,
And I'll pay you back someday.
And I'll pay you back someday!
 
  • holler:

    Appalachian dialect equivalent of "Hollow," a narrow valley typical in the region. The full line means that he's stealthy going through the said hollow.

  • swaller:

    Appalachian dialect for "swallow." The full line being "Give me a swallow" refers to the moonshine that Dooley produced.

  • revenuers:

    A law officer or governmental official that dealt with moonshiners & illegal alcohol (prohibition-era term).

  • tun:

    An imperial measurement. 1 tun is equal to 252 gallons. Not to be confused with a ton (a weight measurement).

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Submitted by WorldVexillologistWorldVexillologist on Fri, 20/05/2022 - 14:49
Last edited by WorldVexillologistWorldVexillologist on Sun, 22/05/2022 - 17:39
Submitter's comments:

This is an old Moonshiner's song from the prohibition era.

 

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