“Shulls Mills”


The singer prepares to return to Shulls Mills. He talks of his relations with the girls, carried out largely on the basis of cash up front, because "the girls... think I'm purty damn mean." He concludes, "When I gets my pay, Hain't gonna work a-tall."

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Shulls Mills
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From Anne Warner, Traditional American Folk Songs from the Anne &
Frank Warner Collection, #134, p. 311. From the singing of
Frank Proffitt, Watauga County, North Carolina, 1959-1960. The
printed version is a composite of (at least) two performances.

Oh, I'm a-goin' back to Shulls Mills,
I'm a-gonna get my biscuits baked brown,
For the girls on Beaver Dam
Keep their dampers down.

(10 additional stanzas)


  1. Warner 134, "Shulls Mills" (1 text, 1 tune; the text is composite though all verses come from Frank Proffitt)
  2. ST Wa134 (Partial)
  3. Roud #5735
  4. BI, Wa134


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1959 (Warner)
Keywords: logger whore
Found in: US(SE)