“Blockader's Trail”

Author: Henry D. Holsclaw
Earliest date: 1948 (Brown)
Keywords: drink prison
Found in: US(SE)


The singer is arrested for moonshining.The singer claims the charge is false. The still is disassembled. The law officers take their turns with the captured brew (?). The singer complains about the conditions in the prison


This is apparently based on a real incident, and the author thought enough of it to have it printed as a broadside -- but I'd have to declare it one of the most incoherent, invertebrate (47 verses!) things I've ever seen. On the other hand, the song seems to have worked as propaganda; Brown's informant thought Holsclaw was innocent. - RBW

Cross references


  1. BrownII 313, "Blockader's Trail" (1 text)
  2. Roud #6647
  3. BI, BrII313