“Uncle Bud”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (recording, Gid Tanner & his Skillet Lickers)
Keywords: humorous drink death sex bawdy
Found in: US


"Oh, Uncle Bud goin' down the road, Haulin' women by the wagon load, Uncle Bud (x3), Bud, Doggone it, Uncle Bud." About Uncle Bud's odd exploits, sexual anatomy, and extravagant farming methods, as well as poverty and perhaps the hope for salvation


Most versions of this song are bawdy, to a greater or lesser extent. A Texas variant, recorded by the anonymous singer on Unexp1, recounts stories about Uncle Bud Russell, who was in charge of transporting prisoners to the state prison at Huntsville -- but the song clearly existed in tradition before then, and was adapted to local use. - PJS



  1. MWheeler, pp. 95-97, "Uncle Bud" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #10035
  3. BI, MWhee095