“The Dam on Baldwin Creek”


Sawmill boss Bill Reed has set up a cofferdam which fails; the sawmill is saved by sandbags placed by Old George Shane. Reed tries to restart the mill too soon; his errors cause him to be replaced by Old George


Beck notes that some versions of this song include a few obscenities. Not [his text], though. - PJS

One can only wish one knew the sources of Beck's information, as his is the only version known to Laws. - RBW


  1. Laws C21, "The Dam on Baldwin Creek"
  2. Beck 30, "The Dam on Baldwin Creek" (1 text)
  3. DT 838, BALDCRK
  4. Roud #1927
  5. BI, LC21


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1941 (Beck)
Found in: US(MW)