“Buffalo Boy”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (recording, Mr. & Mrs. Ernest V. Stoneman)
Keywords: courting wedding children rejection humorous
Found in: US


The girl asks the Buffalo Boy when they will wed. He suggests soon. (Assorted stanzas follow.) She asks who he will bring to the wedding. He suggests his children. She didn't know he had children. When assured he does, she calls off the wedding


Kennedy considers this to be a version of "The Country Courtship," and the forms, and even the verses, are similar. Roud lumps them. However, this version has a different punch line. - RBW

Cross references



  1. Lomax-FSNA 162, "Buffalo Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Silber-FSWB, p. 345, "Buffalo Boy" (1 text)
  3. Roud #313
  4. BI, LoF162