“Every Mail Day”


"Every mail day (x2) I gets a letter... O Son, come home, Lord, Lord, Son come home." "I couldn't read it... to keep from crying... to save my soul"

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Every Mail Day
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Mail Day

From Anne Warner, Traditional American Folk Songs from the Anne &
Frank Warner Collection, #173, p. 391. From the singing of
J. B Sutton of North Carolina, 1941.

Every mail day,
Every main day,
I gets a letter.
Oh, every mail day, ail day,
I gets a letter
O Son, come home!
Lord, Lord, Son come home.

(1 additional stanza)


  • Adie Corbin, "Every Mail Day" (AFS 178 B1, 1933)
  • (Elder) Sykes Jones, "Every Mail Day" (AFS 364 B, 1935)
  • J. B. Sutton, "Mail Day Blues" [excerp?t] (on USWarnerColl01)
  • Unidentified convict, Parchman Farm, Mississippi, "Every Mail Day" (AFS 1862 B, 1937)


  1. Warner 173, "Mail Day" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST Wa173 (Partial)
  3. Roud #7490
  4. BI, Wa173


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1933 (recording, Adie Corbin)
Keywords: prison nonballad
Found in: US(SE,So)