“All over Arkansas”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1942 (Randolph)
Keywords: love courting separation marriage travel playparty
Found in: US(So)

Description

"Yonder goes my true love, he's gone far away, He's gone for to leave me, many and many a day... For the sake of my true love I'm sure I must die." When he returns, she tells him she has been sick for him. They are married, and "travel all over Arkansas."

Notes

This is probably a rather worn-down remnant of one or another lost-love-returned ballads (even though Randolph lists it among the playparties). But with only two and a half stanzas of text, and some of that localized, I can't really tell which piece it derives from. - RBW

References

  1. Randolph 593, "All Over Arkansas" (1 text)
  2. Roud #7678
  3. BI, R593