“Take Me Back to the Cumberland Mountains”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1939 (Thomas)
Keywords: home family return father mother animal
Found in: US(Ap)

Description

"Take me back to the Cumberland Mountains, I don't like Lynchburg any more; I want to go home to our old log cabin...." The singer looks back to seeing Pap, Mammy, Uncle Mose, old dog Tray, and the various farm animals

Notes

Thomas seems to have thought this was "Uncle Noah Bentley's Coon Hunting Song," but it has nothing to do with raccoons or hunting. It was said to have "the favorance of 'Sourwood Mountain,'" but with no tune, this cannot be proved.

The item has all sorts of references to other songs (e.g. "old dog Tray"), but it appears to be a matter of allusion rather than common floating material. - RBW

References

  1. Thomas-Makin', pp. 126-127, (no title) (1 text)
  2. BI, ThBa126