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Q: An old song ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   5 Comments )
Subject: An old song
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Music
Asked by: schmedley-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 20 Nov 2003 21:54 PST
Expires: 20 Dec 2003 21:54 PST
Question ID: 278821
My wife "remembers" an old song, some of the lycrics are as follows:
"Their's a man who comes to our house every single day, he only comes
when -----'s gone away"

She would like to locate the complete lyrics and melody and an old recording.
Subject: Re: An old song
Answered By: markj-ga on 21 Nov 2003 10:11 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
schmedley --

The song your wife remembers is called "There's A Man That Comes To
Our House Every Single Day," which was recorded by the Prairie
Ramblers on a 78rpm disk in the 1930s and was also recorded by Patsy
Montana with that group in 1937.

Those recordings were eventually produced in an LP or a CD collection,
which are considered to be hard-to-get collectors' items.  I have
found one CD compilation of Prairie Ramblers songs -- including the
song you are seeking -- that was produced by the British Archive of
Country Music ("BACM") and is available for purchase from that archive
and at least one on-line source in the U.S.

That BACM compilation is called "The Prairie Ramblers -- The Oregon
Trail" and is catalogued by BACM as "CD D 048".  Here is a link to a
U.S. source for this CD, which is offering it online for $13.98:
Roots & Rhythm: Country, Blues and Old-Timey

Just scroll to about halfway down the linked page to the listing for
the CD and click on the "Order Now" button.  Some information about
the seller -- Roots & Rhythm -- can be found at this linked page:
About Roots & Rhythm

You can also order a copy of "The Prairie Ramblers -- The Oregon
Trail" by mail for $16 (including shipping) directly from the British
Archive of Country Music.  Here is a link to the catalog page that
contains the CD (just click on the link to CD D 048 to see a a listing
of the songs on the CD):
British Archives of Country Music: CD Catalogue

Here is a link to contact information for the BACM, if you wish to
contact them by phone, fax or e-mail before ordering:
British Archive of Country Music

The Patsy Montana version was released on LP by Columbia Records in
1984 as part of its "Historic Edition" series.  Aficionados of early
country music recommend this album, buy unfortunately it is long out
of print, has not been reissued on CD and is apparently very hard to
find:  Here is a link to one description of that album:
Dumboozle: Western Swing (after 7/8 down the page)

Addition Information:

The Prairie Ramblers originally recorded "off-color" songs such as
"There's A Man That Comes To Our House Every Single Day," on 78 rpm
disks under the pseudonym "The Sweet Violet Boys."  Here is a link to
a site offering the original Vocalion 78rpm recording for sale "to the
highest bidder:"
Antique Edison: Vintage Records (first listing)

The song you are seeking is sometimes cited with a longer (and even
more catchy) title:  "There's A Man That Comes To Our House Every
Single Day (Poppa Comes Home And The Man Goes Away)."  Here's a link
to an interesting biography of The Prairie Ramblers that contains that
humorous bit of information:  Prairie Ramblers

As a last resort (I am confident that you won't need to pursue it),
here is a link to a German site that also offers the BACM CD for sale.
 Contact information is also contained on this page:
Bear Family: Mail Order: Prairie Ramblers: The Oregon Trail

Search Strategy:

I relied exclusively on Google searches to find the song title and
artist and (the hardest part) finding a recording of it that is
available for sale.

Here is a sampling of the succession of searches that ultimately
provided the information you are seeking and convinced me that sheet
music or lyrics to the song are not available online:

"comes to our house" every day away lyrics

"patsy montana and OR & "the prairie ramblers"

"prairie ramblers" "oregon trail"

"prairie ramblers" "our house" cd

"prairie ramblers" "our house"

"sweet violet boys" "our house"

I also searched at the All Music Guide site, which was unsuccessful
because that otherwise useful site does not have comprehensive track
listings for LPs and does not list privately released compilations
such as the BACM edition of Prairie Ramblers music:
All Music Guide

I am confident that I have given you information that will enable you
to obtain a CD copy of The Prairie Ramblers' rendition of  "There's A
Man That Comes To Our House Every Day" conveniently and at a
reasonable price.   I am sorry that the sheet music is not available,
but given the age and obscurity of the song that is not surprising. 
However, after your wife listens to the track a few times, I suspect
that she will have no difficulty relearning the lyrics.

If any of the above is unclear, please ask for clarification of this
answer, and I would be happy to assist you further.

schmedley-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
You did a lot of work, thank you.  Song on order, I have a very happy wife.

Subject: Re: An old song
From: markj-ga on 21 Nov 2003 05:49 PST
schmedley -- 

I can identify this old song and the artist and link you a site where
a copy of a hard-to-find recording can be purchased.  I have not found
the complete lyrics online, though.  If another researcher cannot find
the lyrics, I would be happy to post the other information as an

Subject: Re: An old song
From: schmedley-ga on 21 Nov 2003 09:17 PST
I can identify this old song and the artist and link you a site where
a copy of a hard-to-find recording can be purchased.

This is an acceptable answer if the record is available.
Subject: Re: An old song
From: markj-ga on 21 Nov 2003 12:50 PST
schmedley --

Thanks much for the kind words, the five-star rating and the generous
tip.  If your wife enjoys this recording as much as I expect she will,
keep an eye out for a release on CD of the Patsy Montana version. 
Sony appears to be gradually releasing these so-called "Historic
Edition" Columbia LPs in that format.  Maybe they will get around to

By the way, here is one more interesting link with comprehensive
information about The Prairie Ramblers:
Century of Country

Subject: Re: An old song
From: schmedley-ga on 14 Dec 2003 23:07 PST
A CD with the song arrived Saturday, I have a happy wife. Thanks
Subject: Re: An old song
From: markj-ga on 15 Dec 2003 03:34 PST
And just in top for the holiday season.  Cheers!


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