“In Seventeen Ninety-Five”


Singer comes into the country in 1795; considers himself lucky just to be alive. He knocks at a girl's door; she lets him in and says not to ramble any more. They marry and live happily, "And the stars sang a banjo tune/When she said that she'd be mine"


Thieme learned the first verse from Louis Marshall "Grandpa" Jones, added the second verse several years later. Despite a few similarities to "In Eighteen Forty-Nine," the song and its gestalt are sufficiently different that I've classified them separately. - PJS

Cross references

  • cf. "In Eighteen Forty-Nine" (lyrics)
  • cf. "The Backwoodsman" (lyrics)


  • Art Thieme, "In 1795" (on Thieme06)


Author: unknown (additional words by Art Thieme)
Earliest date: 1966 (learned by Art Thieme)
Found in: US(Ap)