Butt-Cut Ruler

DESCRIPTION: "Don't you walk on down, I'll drive you in the timber If you dare to walk in the timber, I'm a butt-cut ruler." A very free form, probably allowing improvisation, about life for a prisoner cutting timber
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1964 (recorded from C. B. Kimble by Jackson)
KEYWORDS: work prison hardtimes
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Jackson-DeadMan, pp. 72-73, "Butt-Cut Ruler" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: Jackson describes this as just barely qualifying as a song, and also sees it as satiric -- a "butt-cut ruler" was a man strong enough to do the hard task of cutting the thickest part of a felled tree. Yet the format is halting, as if the song is a false brag. - RBW
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File: JDM072

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