Collected by Emory L. Hamilton
NOTE: This text was recopied directly from a typewritten copy in the archives of the Blue Ridge Institute. James Taylor Adams (1892-1954) kept typewritten copies of the folklore he and others collected during the last thirty years of his life, while he lived in Wise County, VA. Typographical errors in the original, such as missing apostrophes, have not been corrected, except for a few obvious errors in spacing. One apparent error in a verb ending has been enclosed in square brackets in the second stanza. For details on other tales about lost and unfortunate children, see The Babes in the Woods - and - The Two Lost Babes - and - Hansel and Gretel.
Emory L. Hamilton
Here is another of the "orphan" songs that seemed to strike such a responsive chord among the older generations. I do not know how old this song is or where it originated. It was told to me by Miss Etta Kilgore, October 25, 1938.
Replacement photocopy made by BRI, 9/1992
copyright 2007 U
of Virginia's College at Wise/Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College
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