Whippoorwill

DESCRIPTION: "In the starry night so soft, Listen to the whippoorwill, Forest shades repeat his song... Sadness fills and thrills his lay, Singing all the summer away... Whippoorwill, sad whippoorwill." A description of the sad times evoked by the bird's sad call
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1942
KEYWORDS: bird nonballad
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Randolph 833, "Whip-poor-will" (1 text, 1 tune)
Randolph/Cohen, pp. 532-534, "Whippoorwill" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 833)

Roud #7445
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Where the Whippoorwill Is Whispering Good-night" (theme)
cf. "The Whip-poor-will's Song" (theme)
NOTES: I had difficulty deciding whether this should or should not be identified with "The Whip-poor-will's Song" as recorded by Uncle Eck Dunford. The theme is the same, and both work around the call of the bird. But they haven't a word in common other than "Whip-poor-will," so I split them. - RBW
File: R833

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 2014 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.