“Harrison Town”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1941 (Randolph)
Keywords: outlaw crime punishment prison horse
Found in: US(So)

Description

The singer (warns against bad company which led him to break the law). He now has been captured and faces prison. He hopes that his horse, which served him so well, will be well cared for. (He promises to live a reformed life with his girl when released)

Notes

This song is item dE34 in Laws's Appendix II. Randolph's second text shows some signs of influence from "The Boston Burglar" or something similar, but these may be later additions; the first text shows none. - RBW

Cross references

References

  1. Randolph 162, "Harrison Town" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  2. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 155-156, "Harrison Town" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 162A)
  3. Roud #4095
  4. BI, R162