“Old General Price”


"Old General Price is a mighty fine man, From women an' children he steals all he can, It's damn any man that will follow his trade... These hard times"


Sterling Price (1809-1867), a former governor of Missouri and Confederate commander of Missouri troops, was almost certainly not a thief. His troops, however, were undisciplined and therefore even more likely to loot than the average soldier. Their depredations may account for the attitude toward Price shown in this fragment.

I have the strange feeling that "Old General Price" and "Sterling Price" are a single piece, one being adapted from the other -- but since we don't have a single complete stanza of either, and only one tune, this is beyond proof. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Randolph 224, "Old General Price" (1 fragmentary text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #7828
  3. BI, R224


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1922 (Randolph)
Found in: US(So)