“I Could'n Live Bedout de Flowers”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (Brown)
Keywords: food home nonballad
Found in: US(SE)

Description

About southern living habits. "I could'n live bedout de flowers Ur fdat sweet magnolia tree. I could'n sleep where de mockin' bird Could'n sing he song to me." The singer claims he would "pine an' die on Boston beans, 'Caze possum is what we eat."

Notes

The editors of Brown say this is of minstrel origin, and it seems likely enough.

References

  1. BrownIII 442, "I Could'n Live Bedout de Flowers" (1 text)
  2. Roud #11781
  3. BI, Br3442