Anonymous Americas

(1000-1950 / United States)

A Son Of A Gun - Poem by Anonymous Americas

I wish I had a barrel of rum
and sugar three hundred pound.
I’d put it in the College bell
and stir it ‘round and ‘round.
Let ev’ry honest fellow
drink his glass of hearty cheer,
For I’m a student of old Dartmouth
and a son of a gun for beer.

I’m a son of a, son of a, son of a,
son of a gun for beer.
I’m a son of a, son of a, son of a,
son of a gun for beer,
Like ev’ry honest fellow I like my whiskey clear.
For I’m a student of Old Dartmouth
and a son of a gun for beer.

And if I had a daughter, sir,
I’d dress her up in green;
I’d put her on the campus
just to coach the freshman team.
And if I had a son, sir,
I’ll tell you what he’d do
He’d yell, ‘To Hell with Harvard!’
like his Daddy used to do.


Comments about A Son Of A Gun by Anonymous Americas

  • Fabrizio Frosini (2/14/2016 6:22:00 PM)

    from Wikipedia:

    The earliest rendition of the song is Son of a Gambolier (also known as A Son of a Gambolier and The Son of a Gambolier) , which is a lament to one's own poverty; a gambolier is a worthless individual given to carousing, gambling, and general moral depravity.

    The tune was first adapted as a school song by Dickinson College in southern Pennsylvania in the 1850s. Students at the college modified it to include a reference to their college bell by adding the following lyrics:

    I wish I had a barrel of rum,
    And sugar three hundred pounds,
    The college bell to mix it in,
    The clapper to stir it round

    In 1857, the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity published a songbook that contained a heavily modified version of the song

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  • Fabrizio Frosini (2/14/2016 6:20:00 PM)

    The song was subsequently adapted by the Colorado School of Mines in the late 1870s and entitled The Mining Engineer.
    This version is the closest adaptation to Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech.

    The song is also used by the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, entitled Ramblin' Wreck although on campus it is referred to simply as the School Song. This version is almost identical to the first four lines of Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech.

    In the early 1890s, Ohio State University adapted it and called it If I had a Daughter.
    At the time Ohio Wesleyan University was their arch rival, hence the references to Delaware, Ohio and Methodists.

    In 1895, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute adapted it and called it A Son of Old R.P.I.

    Two different sources are claimed to have been the origin for the song's music.
    The first is the marching tune The Bonnie Blue Flag, published in 1861 by Harry McCarthy.
    The second, and more widely cited, is Charles Ives' composition of Son of a Gambolier in 1895.

    Georgia Tech's use of the song is said to have come from an early baseball game against rival Georgia.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 5, 2010

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