“The Stolen Child (The Lindbergh Kidnapping)”


Catchall of Lindberg songs. Typical example: The singer will "tell you about the stolen baby." Lindbergh's infant is stolen from his home; the kidnapper demands money; after a great hue and cry, the baby is found, but is dead


The Lindburgh kidnapping, according to Burt, inspired "several" songs, apart from Thomas's sundry items. Since none of them show any real evidence of traditional vogue (as opposed to, say, the equally-numerous _Titanic_ songs), I'm lumping them here.

William Butler Yeats wrote a song, "The Stolen Child." It is not related to any of the items filed here. - RBW

Historical references

  • Mar 1, 1932 - Kidnapping of Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. (19 months old at the time). The kidnapper demands and receives $150,000, but the child is not returned
  • May 12, 1932 - The boy's body is found
  • Apr 3, 1936 - Execution of Bruno Hauptman, linked to the crime primarily by possession of some of the ransom money


  1. Thomas-Makin', p. 147, (no title); pp. 148-150, "The Stolen Baby" (2 texts; the two are different metrically, but share enough phrases that I think it proper to lump them, since neither seems to have had real traditional vogue)
  2. Burt, p. 72, (no title) (1 text); p. 73, (no title) (1 text in elementary German, tune referenced)
  3. Roud #14051
  4. BI, ThBa147


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1939 (Thomas)
Found in: US(Ap)