Down in the Arkansas

DESCRIPTION: Odd snippets with the refrain "Down in the Arkan (x2) Down in the Arkansas. The sweetest girl I ever saw Was down in the Arkansas." Example: "I had a cow that slobbered bad... Asked (the doctor) what to do for it. He said to teach that cow to spit."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1921 (recording, Myers & Hanford)
KEYWORDS: humorous animal courting
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Randolph 349, "Down in Arkansas" (2 texts)
Cohen-AFS1, pp. 355-356, "Down In Arkansas" (1 text)

Roud #7626
Bill Cox, "Down in Arkansas" (Champion 16075 [as Luke Baldwin]/Supertone 9714 [as Charley Blake]/Superior 2558 [as Clyde Ashley], 1930)
Crystal Springs Ramblers, "Down in Arkansas" (Vocalion 03856, 1937)
Dave Edwards & his Alabama Boys, "Down in Arkansas" (Decca 5536, 1938; rec. 1937)
Golden Melody Boys, "Way Down in Arkansas" (Paramount 3087, 1928; Broadway 8134, n.d.)
Uncle Dave Macon, "Down in Arkansas" (Vocalion 15034, 1925)
[Pee Wee] Myers and [Ford] Hanford, "Down in Arkansaw" (Victor 18767, 1921)
Pickard Family, "Down in Arkansas" (Brunswick 348/Conqueror 7251, 1929; Banner S-6283/Challeng 993/QRS 9002, c. 1929; rec. 1928)
Riley Puckett, "Down in Arkansas" (Columbia 15139-D, 1927; rec. 1926)
Reaves White County Ramblers, "Down in Arkansas" (Vocalion 5224, 1928)
Almeda Riddle, "Down in Arkansas" (on LomaxCD1707)
Art Thieme, "Down in the Arkansas" (on Thieme04)

File: R349

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