“Coney Isle”

Alternate titles: “Alabam”
Author: Frank Hutchison
Earliest date: 1927 (recording, Frank Hutchison)
Keywords: humorous nonballad floatingverses


Verses that ought to be floating if they aren't already: "Some folks say that a preacher won't steal/I caught three in my corn field"; "Make that feather bed... Old man Brown gonna stay all night." Chorus: "I'm on my way, I'm going back to Coney Isle."


The "Coney Isle" referred to was Coney Island amusement park in Cincinnati, Ohio, not the better-known Coney Island in New York. - PJS

Cross references



  1. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, p. 181, "Coney Isle" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, CSW181