“Up Roanoke and Down the River”


Corn-husking song. "Up Roanoke and down the river, Oho, we are 'most done." "Two canoes, and nary paddle. "There is where we run the devils." Jack de Gillam shoots the devils with "blue ball and a pound of powder," and kills them


The first part of this actually sounds like some sort of rafting song, about running a rapids (perhaps a section called "the devil"?). This seems to have suggested the theme of killing the devils. But that's pure speculation on my part. - RBW


  1. BrownIII 205, "Up Roanoke and Down the River" (1 text)
  2. BI, Br3205


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (Brown)
Keywords: Devil work
Found in: US(SE)