Make Me a Garment

DESCRIPTION: "Mama, mama, make me a garment, And make it long, white, and narrow." "Mama.... look on my pillow and you will find some money." "Come along, boys... come pay my fine." The singer's love is dead; the singer will die also
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1936 (collected from Roscoe McLean)
KEYWORDS: love clothes death money
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Lomax-Singing, pp. 358-359, "Make Me a Garment" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #15596
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Bonny Barbara Allen" [Child 84] (lyrics, theme)
NOTES: Lomax-Singing says this "contains lines from Barbara Allen." In fact, of the eight lines, five could be derived from the ballad. I suspect that this is in fact a much-word-down by-blow of the ballad. - RBW
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File: LoSi358

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