Brother Jim Got Shot
DESCRIPTION: Singer and brother Jim start a fight in a restaurant; Jim is shot and killed. Jury says singer is innocent. Singer's wife gets scared one night, and a mouse runs down her throat. Later, she swallows a rat, cat, cheese. Jury still says singer is innocent.
EARLIEST DATE: 1962
KEYWORDS: fight homicide trial death humorous nonsense animal wife
FOUND IN: US(SE)
Dock Boggs, "Brother Jim Got Shot" (on Boggs2, BoggsCD1)
NOTES: This song, almost certainly of minstrel-show origin, probably circulated as a "ballot" (song sheet). For sheer surrealism, it's up there with the works of Uncle Dave Macon. - PJS
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