Charlotte the Harlot (I)

DESCRIPTION: When a rattlesnake slips into the vagina of Charlotte the Harlot, "the pride of the prairie," her cowboy boyfriend draws his pistol, shoots at the snake, but kills Charlotte instead. Her funeral procession is forty miles long.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1961 (Austin E. Fife collection)
KEYWORDS: bawdy funeral humorous animal whore
FOUND IN: Australia Britain(England) US(SW)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Cray, pp. 162-169, "Charlotte the Harlot I" (1 text, 1 tune)
Logsdon, pp. xviii-xix, "Charlotte the Harlot" (1 text)

Roud #4839
cf. "Charlotte the Harlot II, III, IV"
cf. "The Sewing Machine"
NOTES [65 words]: According to Walker D. Wyman, Wisconsin Folklore, Univeristy of Wisconsin extension (?), 1979, p. 3, a graveyard in the infamous town of Tombstone, Arizona, has a grave marker which reads
Here lies the body of good old Charlotte,
Born a virgin, died a harlot,
For 14 years she kept her virginity
Which is quite unusual in this vicinity.
Wyman suspects it's a fake to attract tourists. - RBW
File: EM162

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