“Buffalo Boy”


The girl asks the Buffalo Boy when they will wed. He suggests soon. (Assorted stanzas follow.) She asks who he will bring to the wedding. He suggests his children. She didn't know he had children. When assured he does, she calls off the wedding


Kennedy considers this to be a version of "The Country Courtship," and the forms, and even the verses, are similar. Roud lumps them. However, this version has a different punch line. - RBW

Cross references


  • Mr. & Mrs. Ernest V. Stoneman, "The Mountaineer's Courtship" (OKeh 45125, 1927; on AAFM3) (Victor 20880, 1927)
  • The Hillbillies, "Mountaineer's Courtship" (Vocalion 5115, c. 1927)


  1. Lomax-FSNA 162, "Buffalo Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Silber-FSWB, p. 345, "Buffalo Boy" (1 text)
  3. Roud #313
  4. BI, LoF162


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (recording, Mr. & Mrs. Ernest V. Stoneman)
Found in: US