“They Put Me up to Kill Him”


"They put me up to kill him, my pore old white-haired dad, I done it with a horseshoe rasp, The only thing I had." The singer describes the murder, then voices his regrets at his foolishness

Historical references

  • June 3, 1935 - Lloyd Robinson murders his father, Robert Robinson. The younger Robinson was sentenced to life imprisonment, and allegedly wrote this song in prison


  1. Randolph 174, "They Put Me up to Kill Him" (1 text)
  2. Roud #5489
  3. BI, R174


Author: Lloyd Robinson?
Earliest date: 1935 (Randolph)
Keywords: homicide father family
Found in: US(So)