“Nat Goodwin”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1934 (Gardner/Chickering)
Keywords: homicide abandonment baby execution husband wife
Found in: US(MW)


A young mother, sick abed, is denied a last look at her dead baby. Her husband turns her out of the house. He falls in love with another woman and kills his wife. He is executed when his new flame testifies against him


Although this song seems to be known only from the text found in Michigan by Gardner and Chickering, the tragedy took place in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. Gardner and Chickering report that after the hanging of Walter Goodwin, "Gertrude Taylor, the girl in the case, did the shooting." They do not report Taylor's eventual fate. - RBW

Historical references


  1. Laws F15, "Nat Goodwin"
  2. Gardner/Chickering 143, "Nat Goodwin" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. DT 770, GOODWIN
  4. Roud #3670
  5. BI, LF15