“Benton County, Arkansas”


The singer describes a life of surprises and mishaps since leaving (Benton County) at (18). The tavern offers a fine meal but a flea-infested bed. The listener is given advice on how to milk an old ewe. Etc. Uses the "Derry Down" tune


The various versions of this piece in Randolph are extensive, but hardly add up to a coherent story; "C" in particular looks like it might float. Cohen speculates that the first verse of the "A" text is a graft onto the song. I hope someone can find a fuller version. - RBW


  1. Randolph 345, "Benton County, Arkansas" (4 texts, 1 tune)
  2. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 282-283, "Benton County, Arkansas" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 34A)
  3. Roud #7624
  4. BI, R345


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927
Keywords: travel humorous bug food
Found in: US(Ap)