“Bushwhacker's Song”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1922 (Brown)
Keywords: home music floatingverses Civilwar
Found in: US(SE)

Description

"I am a bushwhacker, The thicket's my home (x3)... And them that don't like me can leave me alone." "I'll tune up my fiddle And rosin my bow (x3)... And I shall find welcome Wherever I go." "My kinfolks don't like me, And that I well know."

Notes

Evidently a parody of something like "The Wagoner's Lad." Brown's informant gave detailed references connecting it do a gang of Civil War deserters, but there is no actual evidence for this in the text. - RBW

References

  1. BrownIII 383, "Bushwhacker's Song" (1 text)
  2. Roud #11751
  3. BI, Br3382