“Down in the Arkansas”


Odd snippets with the refrain "Down in the Arkan (x2) Down in the Arkansas. The sweetest girl I ever saw Was down in the Arkansas." Example: "I had a cow that slobbered bad... Asked (the doctor) what to do for it. He said to teach that cow to spit."


  • Bill Cox, "Down in Arkansas" (Supertone 9714, 1930)
  • Golden Melody Boys, "Way Down in Arkansas" (Paramount 3087, 1928; Broadway 8134, n.d.)
  • Uncle Dave Macon, "Down in Arkansas" (Vocalion 15034, 1925)
  • [Pee Wee] Myers and [Ford] Hanford, "Down in Arkansaw" (Victor 18767, 1921)
  • Pickard Family, "Down in Arkansas" (Brunswick 348/Conqueror 7251, 1929; Banner S-6283/Challeng 993/QRS 9002, c. 1929; rec. 1928)
  • Riley Puckett, "Down in Arkansas" (Columbia 15139-D, 1927; rec. 1926)
  • Reaves White County Ramblers, "Down in Arkansas" (Vocalion 5224, 1928)
  • Almeda Riddle, "Down in Arkansas" (on LomaxCD1707)
  • Art Thieme, "Down in the Arkansas" (on Thieme04)


  1. Randolph 349, "Down in Arkansas" (2 texts)
  2. Roud #7626
  3. BI, R349


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1921 (recording, Myers & Hanford)
Found in: US(So)