“Black Woman”


"Come here Black woman...ah-hmm, sit on Black daddy's knee." Singer asks if her house is lonesome with her biscuit-roller gone. He's going to Texas "to hear the wild ox moan. He asks where she stayed last night and threatens to tell her daddy on her


Vera Hall recorded this subsequently as "Wild Ox Moan," the name by which it became popular in the folk revival. - PJS


  • Rich Amerson, "Black Woman" (on NFMAla1, DownHome)
  • Vera Hall, "Black Woman" (on AFS 4067 B1, 1940)


  1. Courlander-NFM, pp. 140-141, "(Black Woman)" (1 text); pp. 266-268, "Black Woman" (1 tune, partial text)
  2. Roud #10987
  3. BI, CNFM140


Alternate titles: “Wild Ox Moan”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1940 (recording, Vera Hall)
Found in: US(SE)