“Wild Bill Jones”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1916 (Cecil Sharp collection)
Keywords: courting revenge homicide prison death jealousy
Found in: US(Ap,SE,So)

Description

The singer meets his sweetheart, (Lula), walking with Wild Bill Jones. Since Bill will not leave Lula alone (or vice versa), the singer shoots him. Lula will not bail him out of prison, so the singer spends his last days wildly

Recordings

References

  1. Laws E10, "Wild Bill Jones"
  2. Randolph 151, Wild Bill Jones" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Warner 139, "Wild Bill Jones" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Chappell-FSRA 114, "Wild Bill Jones" (1 text)
  5. Hudson 102, pp. 239-240, "Wild Bill Jones" (1 text); cf. #13, pp. 91-93, "The Lass of Roch Royal" (1 fragments, of which "A" is the "Pretty Little Foot" with a chorus from "Careless Love" and "B" is two "Pretty Little Foot" stanzas artificially and wrongly extracted from the text of "Wild Bill Jones" cited above)
  6. Cambiaire, p. 19, "Wild Bill Jones" (1 text)
  7. SharpAp 99, "Wild Bill Jones" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. Lomax-FSNA 140, "Wild Bill Jones" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, p. 146, "Wild Bill Jones" (1 text, 1 tune)
  10. Spaeth-WeepMore, pp. 134-135, "Wild Bill Jones" (1 text, 1 tune)
  11. DT 622, WILDBILL*
  12. Roud #2246
  13. BI, LE10