Johnny Sands [Laws Q3]

DESCRIPTION: Johnny says he is tired of life and asks his wife to help him drown. She is to tie his hands and push him into the river. As she comes running down the slope, he steps aside and falls in. When she calls for help, he points out that she has tied his hands
AUTHOR: unknown (claimed by John Sinclair in an 1842 broadside)
EARLIEST DATE: 1842
KEYWORDS: suicide trick death river drowning
FOUND IN: US(Ap,MW,NE,Ro,SE,So) Ireland Britain(England(South),Scotland) Canada(West)
REFERENCES (26 citations):
Laws Q3, "Johnny Sands"
Belden, pp. 237-239, "Johnny Sands" (2 texts, but only the first text, "A", is this piece; there are references to 4 more, probably this but some might be "Marrowbones")
Randolph 754, "Johnny Sands" (2 texts, 2 tunes, but the "B" text goes with "Marrowbones" [Laws Q2])
BrownII 181, "Johnny Sands" (1 text plus excerpts from 2 more and mention of 1 more)
BrownSchinhanIV 181, "Johhny Sands" (1 excerpt, 1 tune)
Morris, #197, "Johnny Sands" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Hudson 71, pp. 198-199, "Johnny Sands" (1 text plus mention of 2 more)
Brewster 51, "Johnny Sands" (1 text plus an excerpt and mention of 1 more; 1 tune)
Stout 49, pp. 65-68, "Johnny Sands" (1 text, 1 tune)
Neely, pp. 175-176, "Johnny Sands" (1 text, 1 tune)
Flanders/Olney, pp. 13-14, "The Drowning Lady (The Witch Song)" (1 fragment, 1 tune, which might be either "Marrowbones" or "Johnnie Sands")
Eddy 29, "Johnnie Sands" (1 text)
Grimes, p. 26, "Johnny Sands" (1 text)
Warner 54, "Johnny Sands" (1 text, 1 tune)
GreigDuncan2 319, "Johnnie Sands" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Ord, p. 93, "Johnny Sands" (1 text)
Musick-Larkin, pp. 204-205, "Jonnie Sands" (1 text)
Friedman, p. 451, "Johnny Sands" (1 text)
Copper-SoBreeze, pp. 222-223, "Johnny Sands" (1 text, 1 tune)
Wiltshire-WSRO Gl 99, "Johnny Sands" (1 text)
Botkin-NEFolklr, pp. 575-576, "Johnny Sands" (1 text, 1 tune)
LPound-ABS, 48, pp. 114-115, "Johnny Sands"; pp. 115-116, "Johnny Sands" (2 texts)
Hubbard, #120, "Johnny Sands" (1 text, 1 tune)
Shay-Barroom, pp. 158-160, "Johnny Sands" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. Gardner/Chickering, p. 480, "Johnny Sands" (source notes only)
DT 344, MARBONE4

Roud #184
RECORDINGS:
Grace Carr, "Johnny Sands" (on Saskatch01)
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Marrowbones" [Laws Q2]
ALTERNATE TITLES:
Johnny Vands
NOTES: A number of editors confuse "Johnny Sands" [Laws Q3] and "Marrowbones" [Laws Q2]. They obviously have thematic similarity, and probably have exchanged parts. But the "gimmick" is different in each case; there seems no doubt that they are now separate songs. - RBW
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