Donkey's Song, The

DESCRIPTION: "Oh, Thomas Benton is his name, Yong huh, yong huh, That is well known to railroad fame.... Lease traitor to the railroads turned... We had our way When Tommy was on the board." The railroads recall the good times when they could cheat and steal grain
AUTHOR: Words: Luna E. (Mrs. J. T.) Kellie (1857-1940)
EARLIEST DATE: 1890 (Farmer's Alliance, September 6, 1890 edition, according to Welsch)
KEYWORDS: farming poverty hardtimes derivative political train railroading commerce
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Welsch, pp. 61-62, "The Donkey's Song" (1 text, tune referenced)
ADDITIONAL: Nebraska Folklore, Pamphlet Eighteen, "Farmers' Alliance Songs of the 1890's," Federal Writers' Project, 1938, p. 6, "The Donkey's Song" (1 text)

cf. "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" (tune)
NOTES [12 words]: For background on Luna Kellie, see the notes to "Marching for Freedom." - RBW
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File: Wels061

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