“Poor Omie (John Lewis) (Little Omie Wise)”

Alternate titles: “Naomi Wise”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1874
Keywords: pregnancy homicide rejection prison drowning
Found in: US(Ap,MA,SE,So)

Description

John Lewis, to free himself of his pregnant sweetheart, offers to marry her but instead plans to drown her. She begs for her life, promising to go begging, but he throws her in the river. The body is found and Lewis imprisoned. (He escapes into the army.)

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References

  1. Laws F4, "Poor Omie (John Lewis) (Little Omie Wise)"
  2. Belden, pp. 322-324, "Oma Wise" (2 texts)
  3. Randolph 149, "Poor Oma Wise" (5 texts plus 2 excerpts and 1 fragment, 2 tunes)
  4. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 163-166, "Poor Oma Wise" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 149A)
  5. BrownII 300, "Poor Naomi (Omie Wise)" (5 texts plus 1 excerpt and mention of 2 more; it appears that Laws places texts "A" and "D" here, but "H" is also this song, with "F" and "G" being "Naomi Wise" [Laws F31])
  6. Hudson 63, pp. 187-188, "Poor Omie" (1 text)
  7. Cambiaire, pp. 30-31, "Oma Wise" (1 text)
  8. MHenry-Appalachians, pp. 73-75, "John Lewis" (1 text)
  9. Leach, pp. 793-795, "Naomi (Omie) Wise" (2 texts)
  10. Friedman, p. 202, "Naomi Wise" (1 text, 1 tune)
  11. Warner 116, "The Ballad of Naomi Wise" (1 text, 1 tune)
  12. Lomax-FSNA 138, "Omie Wise" (1 text, 1 tune)
  13. LPound-ABS, 51, pp. 119-120, "Poor Omie" (1 text)
  14. SharpAp 123, "Poor Omie" (7 texts, 7 tunes)
  15. Burt, pp. 25-28, "Omie Wise" (1 text plus some fragments, 1 tune; also an excerpt from another Naomi Wise song, seemingly neither this nor Laws F31)
  16. Darling-NAS, pp. 200-201, "Omie Wise" (1 text)
  17. Asch/Dunson/Raim, p. 42 "Ommie Wise" (1 text, 1 tune)
  18. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, p. 149, "Deep Water" (1 text, 1 tune)
  19. Silber-FSWB, p. 225, "Omie Wise" ; p. 227, "Deep Water" (2 texts)
  20. DT 627, OMIEWISE* OMIWISE2*
  21. Roud #447
  22. BI, LF04