“The Story the Crow Told Me”


Nonsense verses, supposedly told by a crow. "I bought me a suit of union underwear... I couldn't get it off 'cause I lost the combination", "My gal took sick the other day... I bought her a corset... She's in better shape now than she was before"


This is almost certainly from minstrel sources. - PJS

Cross references

  • cf. "I'm Going Away in the Morn" (floating lyrics)


  • Carolina Buddies, "The Story That the Crow Told Me" (Columbia 15641-D, 1931; rec. 1930; on CrowTold01)
  • New Lost City Ramblers, "The Story that the Crow Told Me" (on NLCR04, NLCR11)


  1. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, p. 163, "The Story the Crow Told Me" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, CSW163


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1930 (recording, Carolina Buddies)
Found in: US(SE)