“The Kid”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1941 (Beck)
Keywords: lumbering work logger death recitation father
Found in: US(MW)

Description

Recitation. Big Ed, a teamster, adopts a boy from town. A chain breaks Ed's spine; the boy drives him back; he dies on the way. The boy pushes on; he is killed by being thrown from the sledge. The narrator learns he's telling the story to the boy's father

Long description

Recitation. Big Ed, a teamster, comes back from town with a boy he has adopted. He teaches the boy the ways of the woods. One day a chain breaks Ed's spine; the boy drives him back, but he dies on the way. The boy doesn't notice, and pushes on; the narrator watches as he, too, is killed by being thrown from the sledge. The narrator discovers, at the end, that he's telling the story to the boy's father

Notes

This song is item dC37 in Laws's Appendix II. - RBW

References

  1. Beck 58, "The Kid" (1 text)
  2. Roud #4058
  3. BI, Be058