“Rock-A-By Ladies”


"Four little prisoners here in jail, here in jail, here in jail, Four little prisoners here in jail...." The four are charged with shooting "the old man instead of the son." The required "dollar and a half to set them free" is given and they are released

Cross references


  1. Randolph 579, "Rock-a-by Ladies" (1 text plus fragments from other sources)
  2. Roud #502
  3. BI, R579


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1942 (Randolph)
Keywords: playparty trial freedom
Found in: US(So)