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
FOUND IN: US(Ap,MW,Ro,So,SW)
REFERENCES (28 citations):
Laws B9, "Sweet Betsy from Pike"
Belden, 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, pp. 193-196, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 192A)
Randolph-Legman I, pp. 300-301, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (4 fragments, 1 tune)
Moore-Southwest 153, "Sweet Betsy From Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Logsdon 41, pp. 215-218, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hubbard, #159, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Stout 83, p. 106, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 short text)
Leach, pp. 750-751, "Betsy from Pike" (1 text)
Friedman, p. 432, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
PBB 112, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text)
Sandburg, pp. 108-109, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FSUSA 53, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-ABFS, pp. 424-426, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FSNA 173, "Sweet Betsy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fife-Cowboy/West 19, "Sweet Betsey from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Botkin-AmFolklr, pp. 861-863, "Sweet Betsey from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hodgart, p. 239, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text)
Cohen-AFS2, pp. 650-651, "Sweet Betsey from Pike" (1 text)
Coleman/Bregman, pp. 30-31, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Darling-NAS, pp. 167-168, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text)
Fireside, p. 62, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Arnett, p. 57, "Sweet Betsy from Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 190, "Sweet Betsy From Pike" (1 text)
Fuld-WFM, pp. 603-604, "Vilikens and His Dinah -- (Sweet Betsey from Pike)"
DT 376, SWEETBET*
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
RECORDINGS:
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, 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)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Vilikens and his Dinah (William and Dinah) [Laws M31A/B]" (tune & meter) and references there
File: LB09

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