“The Basket-Maker's Child”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1862 (Beadle's Dime Song Book #9)
Keywords: death love separation burial
Found in: US(So)


"Where the green willow swayed by the brook... In a little cottage nestled in a quiet nook Dwelt the basket-maker's child." One Saturday night they told the singer that she must die. She asks to be buried by the brook, and happily goes to the Savior


Is it just me, or have I heard this plot a few hundred times before? - RBW


  1. Randolph 714, "The Basket-Maker's Child" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 461-463, "The Basket-Maker's Child" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 714)
  3. Roud #7379
  4. BI, R714