We're Coming, Arkansas (We're Coming, Idaho)

DESCRIPTION: The singer mentions reports of a fine fountain in Arkansas/Idaho. The family heads out toward this wonderful place of health and wealth: "We're coming, Arkansas/Idaho, We're coming, ---, Our four horse team will soon be seen, Way out in ---"
AUTHOR: unknown
KEYWORDS: emigration
REFERENCES (10 citations):
Randolph 343, "Eureka!" (3 texts, 1 tune)
Randolph/Cohen, pp. 279-280, "Eureka!" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 343A)
Cohen-AFS1, p. 362, "Eureka!" (1 text); Cohen-AFS2, pp. 579-601, "We're Coming, Idaho" (1 text plus a sheet music cover)
Owens-1ed, pp. 236-238, "Hurrah for Arkansas" (1 text, 1 tune)
Owens-2ed, pp. 129-130, "Hurrah for Arkansas" (1 text, 1 tune)
Warner 195, "Away, Idaho (We're Coming, Idaho)" (1 text, 1 tune)
Larkin, pp. 86-90, "Way Out in Idyho" (1 short text with some unusual lyrics, 1 tune)
Fife-Cowboy/West 113, "Way Out in Idaho" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FSNA 156, "We're Coming, Arkansas" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 47, "Way Out in Idaho" (1 text)

ST R343 (Partial)
Roud #4760
cf. "Wait For the Wagon" (tune)
NOTES [105 words]: The "Idaho" version was published in 1864 with Frank French listed as its author. Warner speculates that French rewrote an old Arkansas song to deal with the Idaho gold rush, though Cohen thinks French's version original.
The only useful thing I can add is that Arkansas versions seem to prevail in Texas and Arkansas and vicinity, while Idaho is mentioned in the versions collected elsewhere. and the latter versions seem to be at least as common, though they come from areas where collection efforts have been spotty. The implication is that the Idaho variant was probably more widely known. Though that doesn't prove much. - RBW
Last updated in version 3.5
File: R343

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 2019 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.