Tag Archives: rambling

Brennan on the Moor

TITLE: Brennan on the Moor AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: outlaw, rambling, execution EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: before 1862 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(3014)) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: 1804 – Hanging of William Brennan, a highwayman who worked in County Cork “…Willie Brennan was an Irish Robin Hood/Rob Roy figure in the late 1700s.  He was a Waterford read more »

Railroad Bill

TITLE: Railroad Bill AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: rambling, robbery, crime, death, train EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1911 (Odum, according to Cohen) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: There is a legend in south Alabama, associated with the spirit of a man known as, “Railroad Bill”. This story, from slave cultures, during the post-Civil War era, during the read more »

I Ride an Old Paint

TITLE: I Ride an Old Paint AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: cowboy, horse, rambling, funeral, children EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1927 (Carl Sandburg, American Songbag) “The song smells of saddle leather, sketches ponies and landscapes, and varies in theme from a realistic presentation of the drab Bill Jones and his violent wife to an ethereal read more »


TITLE: Wanderin’ AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: public domain, traditional KEYWORDS: work, hardtimes, rambling EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (Sandburg) Carl Sandburg, collected the song from Arthur Sutherland of Rochester, NY, as learned from comrades in the American Relief Expedition to the Near East in the 1920’s. Also a variation from Hubert Canfield of Pittsford, NY. The year after Sandburg’s American Songbag read more »