“Shawneetown Is Burnin' Down”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1924
Keywords: fire nonballad
Found in: US(MW)

Description

"Shawneetown is burnin' down, Who tole you so? (x2)." "Cythie, my darlin' gal...." "How the hell d'ye expect me to hold her, Way down below, I've got no skin on either shoulder...."

Notes

I suspect this is a variant of a song I learned as "Down by the River" (not to be confused with "Down by the Riverside"). But this version appears to have been bowdlerized, and lacks a tune, so I cannot tell this with certainty.

References

  1. Botkin-MRFolklr, p. 590, [no title] (1 text)
  2. BI, BMRF590B