Invasion Song, The
DESCRIPTION: 'Sad and dismal is the tale I now relate to you, 'Tis all about the cattlemen, Them and their murderous crew." Nate and Nick are "murdered by Frank Canton and his crew" as they defend the town of Buffalo. The singer tells how cattle raiders were repelled
EARLIEST DATE: 1958 (Burt)
KEYWORDS: cowboy homicide war outlaw
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Burt, pp. 173-174, "Invasion Song" (1 text)
Cohen-AFS2, pp 574-575, "Invasion Song" (1 text)
cf. "The Blood-Stained Diary" (subject)
NOTES: Burt links this with an event she calls the Johnson County War, a conflict in Wyoming between honest herders and cattle rustlers. There are, apparently, conflicting versions of what happened; see Burt for details.
The form of the piece makes me think that it was inspired by "The Persian's Crew" [Laws D4]. But since that song has many different tunes, that is no clue as to the melody.
This is item dB40 in Laws's Appendix II. - RBW
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