Sweet Betsy from Pike [Laws B9]

DESCRIPTION: "Sweet" Betsy and "her lover" Ike set out from Pike County, Missouri for California. On the way they lose much of their livestock and property, but also have some amazing adventures. (They marry, then divorce.)
AUTHOR: claimed by John A Stone (Old Put)
EARLIEST DATE: 1858 (Put's Golden Songster, second edition)
KEYWORDS: travel hardtimes settler
REFERENCES (31 citations):
Laws B9, "Sweet Betsy from Pike"
Belden-BalladsSongsCollectedByMissourFolkloreSociety, pp. 343-345, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text)
Randolph 192, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text plus a fragment, 1 (atypical) tune)
Randolph/Cohen-OzarkFolksongs-Abridged, pp. 193-196, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 192A)
Randolph/Legman-RollMeInYourArms I, pp. 300-301, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (4 fragments, 1 tune)
Moore/Moore-BalladsAndFolkSongsOfTheSouthwest 153, "Sweet Betsy From Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Logsdon-WhorehouseBellsWereRinging 41, pp. 215-218, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hubbard-BalladsAndSongsFromUtah, #159, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Stout-FolkloreFromIowa 83, p. 106, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 short text)
Leach-TheBalladBook, pp. 750-751, "Betsy from Pike" (1 text)
Friedman-Viking/PenguinBookOfFolkBallads, p. 432, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Grigson-PenguinBookOfBallads 112, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text)
Sandburg-TheAmericanSongbag, pp. 108-109, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Warner-FolkSongsAndBalladsOfTheEasternSeaboard, pp. 24-25, "Betsy from Pike" (1 tet)
Lomax/Lomax-FolkSongUSA 53, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax/Lomax-AmericanBalladsAndFolkSongs, pp. 424-426, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FolkSongsOfNorthAmerica 173, "Sweet Betsy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fife/Fife-CowboyAndWesternSongs 19, "Sweet Betsey from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Botkin-TreasuryOfAmericanFolklore, pp. 861-863, "Sweet Betsey from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hodgart-FaberBookOfBallads, p. 239, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text)
Cohen-AmericanFolkSongsARegionalEncyclopedia2, pp. 650-651, "Sweet Betsey from Pike" (1 text)
Coleman/Bregman-SongsOfAmericanFolks, pp. 30-31, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Thomas-DevilsDitties, pp. 123-126, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Darling-NewAmericanSongster, pp. 167-168, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text)
Fireside-Book-of-Folk-Songs, p. 62, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Arnett-IHearAmericaSinging, p. 57, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber/Silber-FolksingersWordbook, p. 190, "Sweet Betsy From Pike" (1 text)
Fuld-BookOfWorldFamousMusic, pp. 603-604, "Vilikens and His Dinah -- (Sweet Betsey from Pike)"
LibraryThingCampSongsThread, post 87, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 mention, from user Crypto-Willobie, posted September 22, 2021)
ADDITIONAL: Richard M. Dorson, _Buying the Wind: Regional Folklore in the United States_, University of Chicago Press, 1964, pp. 533-535, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text)

Roud #3234
Bill Bender (The Happy Cowboy), "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (Asch 410-1/Elite X19[as "Betsy from Pike"]/Stinson 410-1/Varsity 5135 [as "Betsy from Pike"], n.d.; rec. 1939)
Crockett's Kentucky Mountaineers, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (Crown 3121/Homestead 22991, 1931)
Logan English, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (on LEnglish02)
Bradley Kincaid, "Sweet Betsy From Pike" (Bluebird B-5321/Montgomery Ward M-4421, 1934)
Ken Maynard, "Sweet Betsey from Pike" (unissued; on StuffDreams1)
Harry "Mac" McClintock, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (Victor 23704, 1932; Montgomery Ward M-4324, 1933) [may have been released under the pseudonym 'Radio Mac']
Pete Seeger, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (on PeteSeeger31)

cf. "Vilikens and his Dinah (William and Dinah) [Laws M31A/B]" (tune & meter) and references there
Saigon Warrior (RECORDINGS, Saul Broudy, Robin Thomas, on InCountry)
File: LB09

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