Author: possibly Rev. Andrew Jenkins
Earliest date: 1925 (recording, Rev. Andrew Jenkins)
Keywords: homicide robbery execution
Found in: US(SE)


Betty asks Dupree for a diamond ring; he promises her one. He sets out for the jewelry store and steals a ring, but shoots a policeman as he escapes. Unwilling to leave Betty and/or unable to flee, he is captured, convicted, and hanged

Historical references

Same tune

Cross references



  1. Laws I11, "Dupree"
  2. Friedman, p. 396, "Dupree" (2 texts, but only the second is I11; Laws considers the first to be E24)
  3. Botkin-SoFolklr, p. 752, "Dupree" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Darling-NAS, pp. 239-240, "Dupree" (1 text)
  5. Silber-FSWB, p. 73, "Betty And Dupree" (1 text, possibly modified by Brownie McGhee)
  7. Roud #4179
  8. BI, LI11