“Carryin' Sacks”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1944 (Wheeler)
Keywords: work love separation money
Found in: US


"I'm goin' up the river to carry them sacks (x3), I'll have your lap full of dollars when I get back." "I asked my sugar for a little kiss..." "You go back up the river and carry some sacks, (x3), You can get my kisses when the boat gets back"


A ballad in miniature, though it really is more of a blues, and I suspect no two singers would do it quite the same way. - RBW


  1. MWheeler, pp. 29-30, "Carryin' Sacks" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #1005
  3. BI, MWhee029