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Posted By: masato sakurai
21-Oct-02 - 01:29 AM
Thread Name: Tune Req: Jimmy Brown the Newsboy
Subject: Lyr Add: JIMMIE BROWN, THE PAPER BOY (W.S. Hays)
Jimmie Brown, The News Boy -- The Carter Family [realaudio] (Recording: Victor 23554; Date Issued: May 1931), from HONKINGDUCK.

Jimmy Brown The Newsboy -- Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs [Realaudio] (REQUESTS PAGE ONE)
Jimmy Brown The Newsboy -- Mac Wiseman [Realaudio] (Real Country Page 2)
Jimmy Brown The Newsboy -- Roger Miller [Realaudio] (Real Country Archives Page 6)
(All from The Record Lady's All-Time Country Favorites)

The original "Jimmie Brown, the News Boy" was written by Will. S. Hays, which has a different tune. THIS is the sheet music (New York: Peters, J. L., 1875), from Library of Congress American Memory.


To my friend C. P. Atmore, Esq. (Louisville, Ky.)
[title page:] "Jimmy Brown" (1875)
[cover page: "Jimmy Brown, the Paper Boy"]
Song & Chorus
by William Shakespeare Hays, 1837-1907

New York: J. L. Peters, 599 Broadway, Plate No. 10,697-3.
[Source: 03139@loC]

I'm very cold and hungry, sir,
My clothes are worn and thin,--
I wander on from place to place,
My daily bread to win;
But never mind, sir, how I look,
Don't sneer at me, or frown,--
I'm selling papers, for I am
The newsboy, Jimmie Brown.

I sell the morning paper, sir,
My name is Jimmie Brown,--
Most ev'ry body knows I am
The "poor boy of the town."

My father was a drunkard, sir,
So I've heard my mother say,--
Before he died, how oft for him
I've heard her weep and pray!
But I am helping mother now,
I journey up and down,
To sell my papers, for I am
The newsboy, Jimmie Brown.


My mother tells me ev'ry night
To kneel with her and pray,--
She says if I've an honest heart,
I'll be all right some day;
And when she's gone to heaven, sir,
To wear a starry crown,
She'll wait up there to welcome home
The newsboy of the town.


(From Public Domain Music: The Music of William Shakespeare Hays)