“Raise a Ruckus”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1919 (Brown)
Keywords: slave freedom escape party
Found in: US(SE,So)


A slave is told by his mistress that he would be freed when she died. The promise is long in coming true, and at last the singer takes things in his own hand. Having set off (down?)river, he intends to "raise a ruckus tonight."

Cross references



  1. BrownIII 499, "Raise a Ruckus Tonight" (2 texts plus 2 fragments; the "A" text, however, is "I'll Build Me a Boat")
  2. Lomax-FSUSA 26, "Raise a Rukus" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 253-254, "Raise a Rukus Tonight" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Silber-FSWB, p. 299, "Raise A Ruckus Tonight" (1 text)
  5. Roud #10054
  6. BI, LxU026