“Can I Sleep in Your Barn Tonight?”

Alternate titles: “The Honest Tramp”; “Can I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight, Mister?”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1925 (recordings, Charlie Poole, George Reneau)
Keywords: abandonment rambling poverty hobo request
Found in: US(Ap,SE,So) Canada(Newf)

Description

The tramp asks to be allowed to spend the night in the barn, adding that he had no tobacco or matches. He explains how he used to live a settled life, but then a stranger came to town and made off with his wife and son.

Notes

Carson J. Robison credits this to E. V. Body, but "Body" gets credit for too many things for the attribution to amount to much. - RBW

Same tune

Cross references

Recordings

References

  1. Randolph 841, "Can I Sleep in Your Barn Tonight?" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  2. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 502-504, "Can I Sleep in Your Barn Tonight?" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 841A)
  3. BrownIII 356, "May I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight, Mister?" (2 texts)
  4. Rorrer, p. 70, "Can I Sleep in Your Barn Tonight Mister" (1 text)
  5. Cambiaire, pp. 117-118, "May I Sleep In Your Barn To-Night, Mister" (1 text)
  6. Leach-Labrador 93, "The Tramp" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Roud #768
  8. BI, R841