Ox Driving Song
DESCRIPTION: The singer tells of the hardships of ox-driving in the winter -- an occupation he intends to quit. "It would make any tender-hearted person weep To see my oxen pull and slip." "When I get home I'll have my revenge, I'll land my family among my friends."
EARLIEST DATE: 1939 (collected from Herman R. Weaver)
KEYWORDS: work cowboy animal
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Lomax-SInging, pp. 233-234, "Ox-Driving Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fife-Cowboy/West 13, "Ox Driving Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 125, "The Ox-Driver" (1 text)
Pete Seeger, "Ox Driver's Song" (on PeteSeeger07, PeteSeeger07a)
cf. "I Whipped My Horse" (floating lyrics)
NOTES: Perhaps it's hearing the Burl Ives version too many times, but this sounds recently composed to me. - PJS
Every version I've seen seems to go back to the same Lomax field recording. Possibly the informant had worked on it?
Roud lumps this with Belden's piece "The Waggoners." There are a few words in common, but only a few, and those of the sort that could float or even occur to an author spontaneously; really, only thing they have in common that I can see is that both involve travel. -I can see Roud's point, but I'm not quite ready to agree. - RBW
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