“Lula Viers”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1939 (Thomas)
Keywords: homicide river
Found in: US(Ap)


John Coyer weighs his fiancee Lula Viers down with metal and throws her into the river. The body is not discovered for several months. Coyer is arrested, but is handed over to the army before going on trial


Laws was able to verify the basic facts of this ballad from the records of Floyd County, Kentucky (learning in the process that she was pregnant); see his notes in NAB, p. 65. - RBW

Historical references


  1. Laws F10, "Lula Viers" (sample text in NAB, pp. 62-64)
  2. Thomas-Makin', pp. 144-146, "Lula Vires" (1 text)
  3. McNeil-SFB2, pp. 79-81, "Lula Viers" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Darling-NAS, pp. 203-204, "Lula Viers" (1 text)
  5. DT 804, LULAVIER
  6. Roud #1933
  7. BI, LF10