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
FOUND IN: US(Ap,MA,MW,NE,Ro,So,SE,SW)
REFERENCES (33 citations):
Laws B14, "Joe Bowers"
Dean, pp. 98-99, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
Neely, pp. 185-187, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
Welsch, pp. 55-57, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
Belden, pp. 341-343, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, apparently a collation of four versions, 1 tune)
Cohen-AFS1, pp. 366, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
Randolph 187, "Joe Bowers" (3 texts plus an excerpt, 2 tunes)
Randolph/Cohen, pp. 190-193, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 187D with the tune re-transcribed)
High, pp. 25-26, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
BrownII 258, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
BrownSchinhanIV 258, "Joe Bowers" (1 excerpt, 1 tune)
Hudson 70, pp. 197-198, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
Hubbard, #160, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune)
Moore-Southwest 155, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune)
Owens-2ed, pp. 132-133, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune)
Owens-1ed, pp. 107-109, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune)
Shellans, p. 23, "The Disappointment of Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune)
Leach, pp. 751-752, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
Friedman, p. 431, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
Warner 63, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune)
Carey-MarylandFolkLegends, p. 102, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
Lomax-ABFS, pp. 421-423, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FSNA 174, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fife-Cowboy/West 12, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune)
LPound-ABS, 88, pp. 186-188, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
JHCox 50, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune)
JHCoxIIB, #24A-B, pp. 186-187, "Joe Bowers" (1 text plus a fragment, 1 tune)
Ritchie-Southern, p. 63, "Joe Bowers" (1 text, 1 tune)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #1121, p. 76, "Joe Bowers" (1 reference)
Darling-NAS, pp. 171-172, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
Silber-FSWB, p. 207, "Joe Bowers" (1 text)
cf. Gardner/Chickering, p. 480, "Joe Bowers" (source notes only)
DT 381, JOBOWERS*

Roud #2806
RECORDINGS:
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)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The State of Arkansas (The Arkansas Traveler II)" [Laws H1] (tune)
SAME TUNE:
The Ghost of the Peanut Stand (File: CrSNB070)
The 2nd N.Y. Fire-Zouaves (WolfAmericanSongSheets p. 139)
NOTES: 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 advocates John Woodward. The Lomaxes mention the Johnson of "Johnson's Original Comic Songs." Belden alludes to Merwin's attribution to Frank Swift. I suspect the matter can no longer be settled. - RBW
Last updated in version 3.8
File: LB14

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List

Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography

The Ballad Index Copyright 2017 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.