“The House-Burning in Carter County”


A mother sets out from home to get some mullen oil, but -- despite her child's encouragement to hurry -- stays to talk. Before she returns, her house catches fire and her children die in each other's arms. The mother is told they are at rest

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House-Burning in Carter County, The
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From Jean Thomas, Ballad Makin', p. 108-109.

Come all you tender hearded,
Your attention I docall.
I will tell you how it started
Come listen one and all.

But when she started home again,
Her house was in a flame,
She cried, "Alas, my babes are gone
And I'm the one to blame."

(Stanzas 1, 5 of 8)


  1. Thomas-Makin', pp. 108-109, (no title) (1 text)
  2. ST ThBa108 (Partial)
  3. Roud #13945
  4. BI, ThBa108


Author: James W. Day ("Jilson Setters")?
Earliest date: 1939 (Thomas)
Found in: US(Ap)