“Black Woman”

Alternate titles: “Wild Ox Moan”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1940 (recording, Vera Hall)
Keywords: separation loneliness courting love sex abandonment travel lyric nonballad animal lover
Found in: US(SE)


"Come here Black woman...ah-hmm, sit on Black daddy's knee." Singer asks if her house is lonesome with her biscuit-roller gone. He's going to Texas "to hear the wild ox moan. He asks where she stayed last night and threatens to tell her daddy on her


Vera Hall recorded this subsequently as "Wild Ox Moan," the name by which it became popular in the folk revival. - PJS



  1. Courlander-NFM, pp. 140-141, "(Black Woman)" (1 text); pp. 266-268, "Black Woman" (1 tune, partial text)
  2. Roud #10987
  3. BI, CNFM140