No Ku Klux Out Tonight

DESCRIPTION: "At Mars Hill College on a moonlight night, Old Shep Deaver he took a flight." Chorus: "There ain't no Ku Klux out tonight" (x2). Shep Deaver and Rube Manning flee, Manning in response to a rebel yell. Others in the area are briefly mentioned
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1984 (JonssLunsford)
KEYWORDS: nonballad moniker Black(s)
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
JonesLunsford, pp. 4-5, "No Ku Klux Out Tonight" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: This seems to be the sort of song that only makes sense if you know the local lore. Bascom Lamar Lunsford apparently had relatives who married into the Deaver family, and some of the events are real, but you'll have to read JonesLunsford for the details. It appears that Lunsford recorded this at least once (LOC 1822 B2) and possibly twice ("Such a Gittin' Up Stairs," Robert W. Gordon Collection A42 NC 63), but for obvious reasons it has not been widely released. - RBW
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