“Old Tom Bolen (Tom Boleyn II)”


"Old Tom Bolen, his horse Beaver, Forked Deer and Hatchee River, My wife's dead and I'm a widower, And I'll go back to Rollin' River."


Randolph tentatively links this song to the minstrel piece "Way Down South in Alabama," containing the lines "My wife's dead and I'm a widder, All de way from Roarin' Ribber." Since we're speculating, is there any possibility that these are the fiddler's mnemonic for "Forked Deer"? (I concede the tunes are not the same.) - RBW


  1. Randolph 425, "Old Tom Boleyn" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #7632
  3. BI, R425


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1941 (Randolph)
Keywords: animal death
Found in: US(So)