“Lost Johnny”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1931 (Fuson)
Keywords: railroading floatingverses suicide drugs
Found in: US(Ap)

Description

"Oh, I wonder where my lost Johnny's gone (x3), Oh, he's gone to that new railroad, (x2)" "Go make me a pallet on your floor, Believe I will eat morphine and die." "I'll go if I have to ride the rail To the road where my Johnny is."

Supplemental text

Lost Johnny
  Partial text(s)

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From Harvey H. Fuson, Ballads of the Kentucky Highlands, p. 151.
"From singing of Mrs. Ethel Edwards."

Oh, I wonder where my lost Johnny's gone,
Oh, I wonder where my lost Johnny's gone,
Oh, I wonder where my lost Johnny's gone,
Oh, he's gone to that new railroad,
He's gone to that new railroad.

(2 additional stanzas)

Notes

Obviously a composite of floating elements. But it has so many floating elements that it can't really be associated with a particular song! - RBW

References

  1. Fuson, pp. 151, "Lost Johnny" (1 text)
  2. ST Fus151 (Partial)
  3. Roud #16412
  4. BI, Fus151