Little Brown Jug was written in 1869, four years after the end of the Civil War. It was written by R.A. Eastburn (his real name was Joseph Winner).

What's funny about this song is how jolly it is considering the subject. I think it was written as a bit of a musical joke! Considering the time in history, I think the country needed some lighthearted music to sing.

Notes

Sometimes the chorus is sung as the entire song.

Wikipedia gives these alternate lyrics for singing "Little Brown Jug" as a children's song:

Me, my wife, and a bobtailed dog,
Crossed a creek on a hollow log,
The log, it broke, and we fell in,
And little brown jug got filled again.

Here's another version for kids...

Ha, ha, ha, hee hee hee,
Little brown jug sings quite off key.
Ha, ha, ha, hee hee hee,
Little brown jug sings quite off key.

My wife and I drink lots of pop,
Sometimes it seems we seldom stop,
She drinks from a fancy mug,
But I prefer my li'l brown jug.

Ha, ha, ha you and me,
Little brown jug how I love thee!
Ha, ha, ha you and me,
Little brown jug how I love thee!

My wife and I drink lots of pop,
Sometimes it seem we seldom stop,
She drinks from a fancy mug,
But I prefer my li'l brown jug.

Ha, ha, ha, you and me,
Little brown jug how I love thee!
Ha, ha, ha, you and me
Little brown jug how I love thee!

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