Song of the Trap, The
DESCRIPTION: "I'm a trap, I'm a trap, and up here I abide. The camp is my home, and my blue coat's my pride." The uses his staff with good will and to a good purpose; if he must crack heads at night, it won't be the first time. The trap tells his story in many stages
AUTHOR: Charles R. Thatcher (1831-1878)?
EARLIEST DATE: 1970 (AndersonStory)
KEYWORDS: police work clothes immigration mining
REFERENCES (1 citation):
AndersonStory, pp. 79-85, "The Song of the Trap" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [59 words]: A "trap" is a policeman who patrols on foot.
Although few if any of Charles Thatcher's songs have gone into tradition, this is particularly un-folk-like; it apparently changes tunes several times.
For brief background on Charles Thatcher's career, see the notes to "Where's Your License?" For an extensive collection of his songs, see AndersonStory. - RBW
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