“John Singleton”


Singleton, chief sawyer in a lumber mill, is killed by the sawmill's machinery. His body is sent home to be buried.


Laws quotes Beck to the effect that the song was by "John Morrison," but Paul Stamler observes that Beck spells the name "Morison." Chances are that Dave D. Smith, who made the attribution, did not spell out the name, and Back and Laws used different spellings. - RBW


  1. Laws C15, "John Singleton"
  2. Beck 62, "John Singleton" (1 text)
  3. DT 837, JONSINGL
  4. Roud #2223
  5. BI, LC15


Author: John Morrison?
Earliest date: 1941 (Beck)
Found in: US(MW)