Joe Bowers [Laws B14]

DESCRIPTION: Joe Bowers leaves for California to raise money to marry Sally. Returning home, he is irritated to find that she has married another, a red-haired man, and has a red-haired baby
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1856 ("Johnson's Original Comic Songs")
KEYWORDS: travel marriage infidelity settler
REFERENCES (35 citations):
Laws B14, "Joe Bowers"
Dean-FlyingCloud, pp. 98-99, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
Neely/Spargo-TalesAndSongsOfSouthernIllinois, pp. 185-187, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
Welsch-NebraskaPioneerLore, pp. 55-57, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
Belden-BalladsSongsCollectedByMissourFolkloreSociety, pp. 341-343, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, apparently a collation of four versions, 1 tune)
Cohen-AmericanFolkSongsARegionalEncyclopedia1, pp. 366, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
Randolph 187, "Joe Bowers" (3 texts plus an excerpt, 2 tunes)
Randolph/Cohen-OzarkFolksongs-Abridged, pp. 190-193, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 187D with the tune re-transcribed)
High-OldOldFolkSongs, pp. 25-26, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
Brown/Belden/Hudson-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore2 258, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
Brown/Schinhan-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore4 258, "Joe Bowers" (1 excerpt, 1 tune)
Hudson-FolksongsOfMississippi 70, pp. 197-198, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
Hubbard-BalladsAndSongsFromUtah, #160, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune)
Moore/Moore-BalladsAndFolkSongsOfTheSouthwest 155, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune)
Owens-TexasFolkSongs-2ed, pp. 132-133, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune)
Owens-TexasFolkSongs-1ed, pp. 107-109, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune)
Shellans-FolkSongsOfTheBlueRidgeMountains, p. 23, "The Disappointment of Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune)
Leach-TheBalladBook, pp. 751-752, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
Shoemaker-MountainMinstrelsyOfPennsylvania, pp. 48-50, "The Man That I Look Our For"; "Joe Bowers" (2 texts; the first is a rewrite with all the names changed and a few other alterations, but it's clearly the same song)
Friedman-Viking/PenguinBookOfFolkBallads, p. 431, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
Warner-TraditionalAmericanFolkSongsFromAnneAndFrankWarnerColl 63, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune)
Carey-MarylandFolkLegendsAndFolkSongs, p. 102, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
Lomax/Lomax-AmericanBalladsAndFolkSongs, pp. 421-423, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FolkSongsOfNorthAmerica 174, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fife/Fife-CowboyAndWesternSongs 12, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune)
Pound-AmericanBalladsAndSongs, 88, pp. 186-188, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
Cox-FolkSongsSouth 50, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune)
Cox/Hercog/Halpert/Boswell-WVirginia-B, #24A-B, pp. 186-187, "Joe Bowers" (1 text plus a fragment, 1 tune)
Bush-FSofCentralWestVirginiaVol2, pp. 46-48, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune)
Ritchie-FolkSongsOfTheSouthernAppalachians, p. 63, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune)
Wolf-AmericanSongSheets, #1121, p. 76, "Joe Bowers" (1 reference)
Darling-NewAmericanSongster, pp. 171-172, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
Silber/Silber-FolksingersWordbook, p. 207, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
cf. Gardner/Chickering-BalladsAndSongsOfSouthernMichigan, p. 480, "Joe Bowers" (source notes only)

Roud #2806
Bill Bender (The Happy Cowboy), "Joe Bowers" (Varsity 5130, n.d.; rec. 1939)
Loman D. Cansler, "Joe Bowers" (on Cansler1)
Logan English, "Joe Bowers" (on LEnglish02)
Jean Ritchie, "Joe Bowers" (on Ritchie03)
Pete Seeger, "Joe Bowers" (on PeteSeeger07, PeteSeeger07a)

cf. "The State of Arkansas (The Arkansas Traveler II)" [Laws H1] (tune)
cf. "Bebe Hung One On Us" (plot)
The Ghost of the Peanut Stand (File: CrSNB070)
The 2nd N.Y. Fire-Zouaves (Wolf-AmericanSongSheets p. 139)
NOTES [105 words]: Various suggestions have been put forward regarding the author of this song; Laws quotes Louise Pound's attribution to John A. Stone (Old Put). Friedman-Viking/PenguinBookOfFolkBallads advocates John Woodward. The Lomaxes mention the Johnson of "Johnson's Original Comic Songs." Belden-BalladsSongsCollectedByMissourFolkloreSociety alludes to Merwin's attribution to Frank Swift. I suspect the matter can no longer be settled.
Bush-FSofCentralWestVirginiaVol2 says that the Missouri legislature once considered putting up a monument to Joe Bowers. I suspect this is more folklore than fact; in any case, no monument was made. - RBW
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