“Cotton the Kid”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1934 (Randolph)
Keywords: outlaw thief prison escape
Found in: US(So)


Cotton seems "a nice kid... Until he became a rolling stone at the age of seventeen." After a brief career as a thief, the sheriff "come got him and threw him in jail." Cotton escapes and vanishes; the singer advises against trying to catch him


This song is item dE37 in Laws's Appendix II. - RBW


  1. Randolph 171, "Cotton the Kid" (1 text)
  2. Roud #4097
  3. BI, R171