DESCRIPTION: "I am a bushwhacker, The thicket's my home (x3)... And them that don't like me can leave me alone." "I'll tune up my fiddle And rosin my bow (x3)... And I shall find welcome Wherever I go." "My kinfolks don't like me, And that I well know."
EARLIEST DATE: 1922 (Brown)
KEYWORDS: home music floatingverses Civilwar
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
BrownIII 383, "Bushwhacker's Song" (1 text)
BrownSchinhanV 383, "Bushwhacker's Song" (1 tune plus a text excerpt)
NOTES: Evidently a parody of something like "The Wagoner's Lad." Brown's informant gave detailed references connecting it do a gang of Civil War deserters, but there is no actual evidence for this in the text. - RBW
Last updated in version 4.1
Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List
Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography
The Ballad Index Copyright 2017 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.