(Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine

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"(Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine"
Single by Tom T. Hall
from the album The Storyteller
B-side "Grandma Whistled"
Released November 13, 1972
Recorded July 12, 1972
Mercury Custom Recording StudioNashville, Tennessee
Genre Country
Length 4:09
Label Mercury
Songwriter(s) Tom T. Hall
Producer(s) Jerry Kennedy
Tom T. Hall singles chronology
"More About John Henry"
"(Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine"
"Hello, We're Lonely"
"More About John Henry"
"(Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine"
"Hello, We're Lonely"

"(Old Dogs, Children And) Watermelon Wine" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Tom T. Hall. It was released in November 1972 as the second and final single from the album, The Storyteller, the song was Hall's third number one on the U.S. country singles chart. "(Old Dogs, Children And) Watermelon Wine" spent one week at the top and a total of thirteen weeks on the chart.[1] On June 1, 2014, Rolling Stone magazine ranked "(Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine" #93 in their list of the 100 greatest country songs.[2]


The song is a true account of Hall's experience at the 1972 Democratic National Convention, where he had a conversation with an old porter (janitor) at a Miami Beach hotel. The porter appraises his own life by concluding that the only worthwhile things are the three listed in the song's title.[3]


The song has been covered by artists such as Frankie Laine, John Prine and Mac Wiseman, and Ferlin Husky. Alf Robertson recorded the song in 1977 in Swedish as Hundar och ungar och hembryggt äppelvin (Swedish for Dogs and children and home brewed apple wine), with new lyrics by himself.[4] and with the song he also scored a Svensktoppen hit for 10 weeks between 2 November 1980-[5]-18 January 1981[6] which included topping the chart.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1972–73) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Australian Go-Set[7] 21


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 149. 
  2. ^ 93. Tom T. Hall, 'Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine' (1972) Photo - 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time | Rolling Stone
  3. ^ Randall, Alice; Little, Carter; Little, Courtney (2006). My Country Roots: The Ultimate MP3 Guide to America's Original Outsider Music. Thomas Nelson, Inc. p. 92. ISBN 1-59555-860-8. 
  4. ^ "Svensk mediedatabas". Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Svensktoppen". 1980. Archived from the original on 30 May 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Svensktoppen". 1981. Archived from the original on 30 May 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Go-Set Australian charts - Top Records for the Year of 1973
Preceded by
"Soul Song"
by Joe Stampley
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

January 27, 1973
Succeeded by
"She Needs Someone to Hold Her (When She Cries)"
by Conway Twitty
Preceded by
"Love's the Answer"
by Tanya Tucker
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

January 20, 1973
Succeeded by
"Danny's Song"
by Anne Murray