DESCRIPTION: "Oh, Po' roustabout don't have no home, Makes his livin' on his shoulder bone." The singer, loading sacks of cottonseed on the steamer Natchez, has no home and a sore shoulder, but does have a "little gal in big New Orleans."
EARLIEST DATE: 1939 (collected from Henry Truvillion)
KEYWORDS: work river
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Lomax-Singing, pp. 350-351, "Roustabout Holler" (1 text, 1 tune)
Botkin-MRFolklr, p. 571, "Roustabout Holler" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "Levee Camp Holler"
cf. "Steel Laying Holler"
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