“Po' Liza Jane”


"Go long, po' Liza Jane (x2), I turned my head to the ole grey horse, Go long po' Liza Jane." "I ast her would she marry me; She ast me wasn't I shamed." "I went up to the new-cut road, And she went down the lane."


This reminds me a bit of "Goodbye Liza Jane (I)," but based on the short text in Brown, it does not appear possible to identify it with any of the other Liza Jane songs (though Roud lumps it). - RBW


  1. BrownIII 456, "Po' Liza Jane" (1 short text)
  2. Fuson, p. 172, "Liza Jane" (1 text, with a "Cindy...Cindy Jane" chorus)
  3. Scarborough-NegroFS, p. 169, (no title) (1 text, with verses probably from "Raccoon," unless they just floated in, while the chorus seems to be "Po' Liza Jane")
  4. MHenry-Appalachians, p. 237, (no title) (1 fragment, about a Yankee and a toad, which might be this or any of the songs to which the verse floats)
  5. Roud #825
  6. BI, Br3456


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (Brown)
Found in: US(SE)