“A West Virginia Feud Song”


A story of the "Lincoln County crew." Ale Brumfield is shot, perhaps by Milt Haley, but Brumfield (who survives) blames "McCoy." Later, at George Fries's house, a fight begins and many are killed. The singer blames the fight on drink


Cox views this as a reworking of "The Rowan County Crew," and Laws (in the notes to that song) evidently agrees. (Roud lumps them.) The resulting song is rare, and the Cox text is confused; it's not even clear who feuded with whom! The informants believed that the fight took place in 1890, near Hamlin, West Virginia. - RBW

Cross references


  1. JHCox 40, "A West-Virginia Feud Song" (1 text)
  2. Roud #465
  3. BI, LE20A


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1916 (Cox)
Keywords: feud death drink
Found in: US(Ap)