“Louis Collins”

Author: probably Mississippi John Hurt
Earliest date: 1928 (recorded, Mississippi John Hurt)
Keywords: grief fight violence parting crime homicide clothes burial death mourning mother
Found in: US(SE)


Ms. Collins weeps to see son Louis leave home; he is shot to death in a gunfight. All the young women put on red clothing in mourning; he is buried in the new graveyard. Chorus: "Angels laid him away/Laid him six feet under the clay/Angels laid him away"