Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1924
Keywords: river nonballad work floatingverses
Found in: US(MW)


A steamboat chant with the refrain "Oh, Belle! Oh, Belle!": "Belle-a-Lee's got no time, Oh, Belle! oh Belle! Robert E. Lee's got railroad time...." "Wish I was in Mobile Bay... Rollin' Cotton by the day...."


This uses lyrics from "Hieland Laddie," which is far better known, but the form appears different enough that I tentatively separate them. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Botkin-MRFolklr, p. 592, [no title] (1 text)
  2. BI, BMRF592A