“Katy Cline”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1923 (Brown)
Keywords: love courting bird floatingverses fishing
Found in: US(Ap,MA,SE)


"Oh, who has not seen (Katy Cline/Kitty Clyde)? She lives at the foot of the hill In a shy little nook by the babbling brook That carries her father's old mill." He wishes he were a fish to be caught on her hook, a bee who could take honey from her, etc.


Silber's version of this song is mysterious: Is it a collection of floating verses (from "Free Little Bird" and other courting songs), or is it a love ballad that has been so chopped down as to lose all meaning? I can't tell. Some of the verses remind me of some vague memories, so I suspect the latter -- but until I can remember details, I can't really say. - RBW

Cross references



  1. BrownII 198, "Kitty Clyde" (1 text)
  2. Silber-FSWB 149, "Katy Cline" (1 text)
  3. Roud #3768
  4. BI, FSWB149