“The Invasion Song”


'Sad and dismal is the tale I now relate to you, 'Tis all about the cattlemen, Them and their murderous crew." Nate and Nick are "murdered by Frank Canton and his crew" as they defend the town of Buffalo. The singer tells how cattle raiders were repelled


Burt links this with an event she calls the Johnson County War, a conflict in Wyoming between honest herders and cattle rustlers. There are, apparently, conflicting versions of what happened; see Burt for details.

This is item dB40 in Laws's Appendix II. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Burt, pp. 173-174, "Invasion Song" (1 text)
  2. BI, Burt173


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1958 (Burt)
Found in: US