DESCRIPTION: A convict's tree-cutting song. "You better watch it, better watch it, Better watch-a my timber.... Warn you, don told you, If I hit you, don't you holler.... Timber gettin' limber. Watch-a my timber. Fall, tree.... Won't you fall, tree."
EARLIEST DATE: 1965 (collected from J. B. Smith by Jackson)
KEYWORDS: prison work
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Jackson-DeadMan, pp. 227-228, "Fall Tree" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [38 words]: Jackson considers most of J. B. Smith's songs to be at least partly his own composition. This one, though, is so close to other convict timber songs that I wouldn't be surprised if other versions are to be found -- somewhere. - RBW
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