“Lonesome Stream”


"When you look way 'cross dat lonesome stream (x2), Way to Zion, Lawd, Lawd." "When you look way down that lonesome road." "I got a mother dead and gone." "She lef' me here to weep an' moan." "Dark cloud risin' i de east'."


The Lomaxes attribute this to Mississippi prisoners. I have not noted it elsewhere, though it obviously has links to "Lonesome Road." I suspect the Lomaxes may have engaged in editorial work. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 602-604, "Dat Lonesome Stream" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #15547
  3. BI, LxA602


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1934
Found in: US