Tag Archives: Appalachian ballads

Dark as a Dungeon

Oh come all you young fellers so young and so fineSeek not your fortune in a dark dreary mineIt’ll form as a habit and seep in your soulTill the stream of your blood runs as black as the coal Where it’s dark as a dungeon damp as the dewdanger is double pleasures are fewWhere the […]


“I could eat soup even it was made over a lizard”

“I’ve been all over Europe, Stirrup, Asia, Africa and parts of Hell, but Braxton County is the best God damned state in the university.” (said after he returned from the longest trip of his life, to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair). “Bread is potato’s mother.” “I could eat soup even it was made over a […]


You’ve been fooling me, baby

I don’t want you any more, mama Ain’t no use in you hanging around For I found another mama, And now I am Chicago bound You’ve been fooling me, baby You’ve been telling me your lies When I thought you were an angel Just sent down from the skies Sing those parting blues to me, […]


The death of Molly Vaughn

Molly Vaunder went a walking, when a shower came on;She went under a birch tree the shower to shun.Jimmie Randells was a hunting, a hunting in the dark.He shot at his true love and he missed not his mark. He picked up his gun, to his uncle did runSaying, “Uncle, dearest uncle, I have killed […]

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