“Ida Red (II)”


"I went down one day in a lope, Fool around till I stole a coat." In love with Ida Red, the singer turns criminal (against Ida's wishes). He winds up in prison, and she cannot raise his bail. He regrets his mistake, and looks forward to seeing Ida again


This song is item dI23 in Laws's Appendix II.

Roud lumps this with Ida Red (I), which is a humorous item; this is a crime ballad. - RBW


  1. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 110-111, "Ida Red" (1 text)
  2. Roud #3429
  3. BI, LoA110


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1934
Found in: US