Harrison Town

DESCRIPTION: The singer (warns against bad company which led him to break the law). He now has been captured and faces prison. He hopes that his horse, which served him so well, will be well cared for. (He promises to live a reformed life with his girl when released)
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1941 (Randolph)
KEYWORDS: outlaw crime punishment prison horse
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Randolph 162, "Harrison Town" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Randolph/Cohen-OzarkFolksongs-Abridged, pp. 155-156, "Harrison Town" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 162A)
High-OldOldFolkSongs, p. 23, "He Wanted to B in Arkansas" (sic.) (1 short text)

Roud #4095
cf. "The Boston Burglar" [Laws L16] (theme)
NOTES [56 words]: This song is item dE34 in Laws's Appendix II. Randolph's second text shows some signs of influence from "The Boston Burglar" or something similar, but these may be later additions; the first text shows none. High-OldOldFolkSongs's text also seems Burglar-less, although it's enough of a mess that this element could have been lost. - RBW
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File: R162

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